The Right Coast

Editor: Thomas A. Smith
University of San Diego
School of Law

Monday, May 14, 2018

The Weird, Dangerous, Isolated Life of the Saturation Diver - Atlas Obscura

Hovey works in one of the least known, most dangerous, and, frankly, most bizarre professions on Earth. He is a saturation diverone of the men (just about all have been men*) who do construction and demolition work at depths up to 1,000 feet or more below the surface of the ocean.


I once sat next to a saturation diver some 30 years ago flying from Scotland to Seattle. He was very enthusiastic about his job. His father and brothers were all saturation divers. He said if anything went wrong he would just shut of the heating in his suit and would pass out in a few minutes from the cold. Then he could be revived much later, perhaps much, much later, or else not-- a relatively painless death.

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