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A waste of a good carrer and relationship.
on 20 November 2010
Unlike other people, I found the book a bit boring in places as it strayed into the lives and history of other people. The main event, to raise the body of a dead diver, took only about a fifth of the book.I'm always weary of people that say God told them to do x,y,or z. The idea of a hot line to God seems to lack humility, I think that even the Pope prays for enlightenment so that the right path may be revealed to him in his thoughts. To make Dave Shaw out to be a bit of a Hero seems to circumvent some basic moral issues. As an airline pilot he was responsible for the lives of many passengers, yet that deed of care did not seem to extend to his own family while perusing such dangerous goals in cave diving. There seemed to be an egotistical undercurrent to the cave divers themselves. After Dave Shaw had found the body, Don Shirley went back to hide the shot line that lead to the body...Why?..To prevent anyone else making an attempt to recovery it!It was their show! Commercial pro divers were ruled out to recover the body as a diving bell wouldn't fit through the entrance to the cave yet there were mining and explosive experts all around them that might have made it a little bigger or the use of R.O.V's attaching a steel cable to the dead diver's gear. I don't believe there weren't other options...it was just their show and a chance to highlight a little known or published sport. Unfortunately, I feel Dave Shaw's death a waste of a good career and relationship. His wife had a right to be selfish for once and ask Dave to not attempt the dive, just as Dave was being selfish in pursing such a deed.