Spectre

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Spectre dive boat
Salta Verde Point, Santa Catalina Island
where three of seven men were killed on June 25, 2016
when their skiff overturned during a high south swell.


Spectre (#) (-), 80-foot long popular dive boat out of Ventura Harbor that has been operated by Ted Cumming since 1986. Now his son has taken over operations.


The following deaths have occurred off Spectre, most from fatal heart-attacks suffered by the divers:



In the News~

June 24, 2016 [www.simivalleyacorn.com]: “Two Simi Valley divers were rescued by an air squad Saturday morning near Anacapa Island, about 11 miles off the coast of Port Hueneme, after coming up from the waters with dive-related medical issues. The divers, a 47-year-old woman and a 48-year-old man, were flown to St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard for treatment, according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. Their names have not been released and their condition is unknown as of press time. The pair had gone out to the island June 18 as passengers aboard the Spectre, a commercial dive boat. Around 10 a.m., the woman came up from the water unresponsive, while the man emerged conscious but suffering from post-dive medical problems, said Senior Dep. Ryan Poynter of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. “Both were conscious when we arrived on scene,” said Poynter, who was one of the rescuers. “The female patient was unconscious when she came up. (Those aboard the Spectre) pulled her up onto the boat, and she did eventually regain consciousness.” Air Squad 9, a helicopter manned by members of the VCSO air unit, Ventura County Fire Department and volunteer medical personnel, left the Camarillo Airport and arrived at the waters off Anacapa Island around 10:20 a.m. Poynter, pilot Kim Bergeson, firefighter paramedic Jeff Golden, Dep. Lee Chapman and volunteer paramedic Bryan Pugh made up that morning’s rescue crew. The U.S. Coast Guard launched a response boat from its Channel Islands station as well as a helicopter from its base in Point Mugu. Working with the Coast Guard and the Spectre’s captain, Air Squad 9 coordinated a hoist rescue to get the two divers to the hospital. Golden was lowered from the air squad helicopter to the stern of the Spectre, where he delivered preliminary medical treatment to the two divers then prepared them to be lifted into the “flying ambulance,” Poynter said. “We have hoisted off of the Spectre before, so the captain knew what to do,” the senior deputy said. “He had to keep the boat going 15 knots in one direction, heading straight.” Both the helicopter and boat must continue moving at the same pace in the same direction in order for the rescue to go smoothly, Poynter said. “If you stop the boat, the boat ends up moving with the water and it’s a lot harder. The captain has to keep it straight while the helicopter comes up from behind and lowers personnel onto the boat,” he said. The VCSO air unit gets water rescue calls almost once a day, with a slight increase in the summer, Poynter said. Rescuers fly out to the Channel Islands about 10 to 15 times per year, he said. Members of the unit respond as a designated air squad, meaning medical personnel are on board, only if the call involves an injured person.” [Both divers lived.]