The Last Dive: A Father and Son's Fatal Descent into the Ocean's Depths

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The Last Dive: A Father and Son's Fatal Descent into the Ocean's Depths

Format:  Paperback,

384 pages

Publisher: Harpercollins

Publish Date: Mar 2002

ISBN-13: 9780060932596

ISBN-10: 0060932597

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Chris and Chrissy Rouse, an experienced father-and-son scuba diving team, hoped to achieve widespread recognition for their outstanding but controversial diving skills. Obsessed and ambitious, they sought to solve the secrets of a mysterious, undocumented World War II German U-boat that lay under 230 feet of water, only a half-day's mission from New York Harbor. In doing so, they paid the ultimate price in their quest for fame.

Bernie Chowdhury, himself an expert diver and a close friend of the Rouses', explores the thrill-seeking world of deep-sea diving, including its legendary figures, most celebrated triumphs, and gruesome tragedies. By examining the diver's psychology through the complex father-and-son dynamic, Chowdhury illuminates the extreme sport diver's push toward--and sometimes beyond--the limits of human endurance.

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Publisher: Harpercollins
Publish Date: Mar 2002
ISBN-13: 9780060932596
ISBN-10: 0060932597
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 384
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.7
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.5 x 8.0 x 0.75

Chapter outline

Forewordp. ix
Deadly Secretsp. 1
Prevent Your Death!p. 19
Pretzel Logicp. 53
Artifact Feverp. 81
Team Doria '91p. 109
The Steel Cavep. 136
Triple Visionp. 157
Voice from the Deepp. 197
Iron Coffinsp. 229
The Last Divep. 261
Eulogyp. 291
Ever Deeperp. 312
Author's Notep. 353

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Review by Library Journal (2000-09-01)

Extreme sports, such as climbing Mount Everest, are becoming increasingly popular in this country. Among these activities is extreme scuba diving deep diving, wreck diving, and cave diving, often using nonair gas mixtures. Chowdury chronicles the world of these divers, using his own story and that of a father-and-son dive team that died following a penetration-wreck dive at 230 feet using air. Excellently written and a real "grabber" to read, the book includes much information about the history, equipment, and people who make up the world of extreme or "technical" diving.

This book should be read by any diver thinking of getting involved in wreck, cave, deep, or mixed-gas diving. One hopes it will change their minds, for there's absolutely no margin for error in these risky ventures. There is also much meat here for those interested in the psychology of extreme sports. Strongly recommended for libraries of all types with interests in scuba diving, sports (especially extreme sports), and the psychology of sports and risk-taking. DMargaret Rioux, MBL/WHOI Lib., Woods Hole, MA

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Chris and Chrissy Rouse, an experienced father-and-son scuba diving team, hoped to achieve widespread recognition for their outstanding but controversial diving skills. Obsessed and ambitious, they sought to solve the secrets of a mysterious, undocumented World War II German U-boat that lay under 230 feet of water, only a half-day's mission from New York Harbor. In doing so, they paid the ultimate price in their quest for fame.

Bernie Chowdhury, himself an expert diver and a close friend of the Rouses', explores the thrill-seeking world of deep-sea diving, including its legendary figures, most celebrated triumphs, and gruesome tragedies. By examining the diver's psychology through the complex father-and-son dynamic, Chowdhury illuminates the extreme sport diver's push toward—and sometimes beyond—the limits of human endurance.

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