Editorial: An update to the Conception tragedy Photo

Editorial: An update to the Conception tragedy

Wetpixel offers an editorial about the fire and subsequent sinking of the dive boat Conception on 03 September, which resulted in a terrible loss of life. Our hearts go out to those affected by this tragedy. The primary goal is to update the Wetpixel community to the process of the ongoing investigation and to show solidarity with the Californian dive community in their time of grief. A secondary goal is to try and dispell many of the incorrect rumors about the cause of the tragedy and to prevent any knee jerk reactions.

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Grand Bahama Hurricane Relief Photo

Grand Bahama Hurricane Relief

Hurricane Dorian has brought havoc and destruction to Grand Bahama. Epic Diving, who base their Tiger Beach charters from the island’s West End are spearheading an effort to raise funds that will be used directly to assist the local community. They are encouraging donations via PayPal as this does not incur any administration fee, but if folks are uncomfortable with this, they are encouraging donations to the Bahamas Red Cross. They are also listing locations in Florida where goods and provisions can be dropped off to help those affected.

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Hurricane Dorian devastates the Bahamas and heads towards the US Photo

Hurricane Dorian devastates the Bahamas and heads towards the US

Most of the Wetpixel community will be aware of Hurricane Dorian’s trail of chaos as it travels through the Caribbean. Grand Bahama and Abaco Islands have incurred winds of up to 165 mph (270 km/h) and a storm surge of up to 23 ft (7m) with Bahamas PM Hubert Minnis describing the devastation as “unprecedented.” Most of us will have friends that either have been in the storm’s path or maybe still bracing themselves for its impact. We fervently hope that they are all in a place of safety and that it does not cause significant damage to dwellings and businesses. Our thoughts are with you…

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