Santa Barbara (AP) A puzzling discovery was found in the mountains
of southern California. Fire authorities found a corpse in a burnt out section
of forest while assessing the damage done by a forest fire. The deceased
male was found in the top of a tree, dressed in a full wetsuit, complete
with tank, fins, mask and snorkel.
It was found that on the day of the fire, the deceased diver went on a diving trip some 35 miles away from the fire. The fire was fought with a fleet of helicopters with very large buckets. The helicopters would dip their buckets into the ocean, carry the water to the forest fire, and drop the water on the fire. The diver was accidentally scooped up in a bucket while he was diving and carried off, only to be dropped onto a forest fire. Authorities are not sure how much effect the diver had on putting out the fire.
One of the area's most respected Fire Divers (From Northern Mountain Fire Diver's
Association) was killed today in a tragic incident.Friends and relatives watched
with shock and horror as Joe Spamanski fell to his death seconds after having
been scooped up in a "Bambi" bucket. After having performed a perfect
entry, he was lifted several hundred feet into the air after which the helicopter
lost some power causing the pilot to jettison the bucket onto sloping and solid
The helicopter autorotated and landed safely. The pilot was stunned to hear about the fatality and expressed his condolences to the beriefed family. Joe was practising for the upcoming California event and this incident stands to remind us of the unexpected hazards of our sport..
(DeepHeat Fire Divers)
Seattle (UNI) -- Coast Guard officials today announced the discovery of a mysterious corpse found in the ocean off the coast of Washington. A group of recreational scuba divers reported seeing a body floating underwater, clad in a jumpsuit and trailing a parachute.
The body was recovered by rescue workers, and an analysis of the victim's clothing and personal effects revealed that he was a professional woodland firefighter, of the type popularly known as "smoke-jumpers". Members of his profession routinely parachute into areas threatened by forest fires to aid in their control and eventual eradication. No explanation was given for his unexpected appearance some two miles into open water instead of on dry land.
Apparently the victim was attempting to parachute into an ongoing forest fire, and through an unknown chain of events ended up inadvertently landing in the ocean instead. Members of a local group of scuba divers called the "Puissant Puget Fantastic Fire Divers And Totally Awesome Bambi Bucket Riders Association" said that they were completely surprised by the sudden appearance of the victim in their regular diving grounds, but that they would award him extra points for ingenuity and perseverance even though their association president, Bob "Been There Dove That" Ling, told gathered television reporters that "we hope this doesn't give fire diving as an art and a science a bad name". Representatives of the professional firefighting community refused to comment.
Officials admit their inability to manufacture a plausible explanation for
this event and invite the scuba diving community to come forward with additional