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Caught on video: Scuba diver assaulted underwater

Caught On Video: Scuba Diver Assaulted Underwater

An underwater assault was all caught on camera, and now authorities are investigating the incident.

Coral reef consultant Rene Umberger and her team were documenting damage to a coral reef off the coast of Hawaii. That's when a fish collector attacked her.

According to NBC, "One diver charged Umberger and then ripped off her air supply. Eventually she was able to get her regulator back on."

NBC speculates the attacker didn't want Umberger to video what the fish collectors were doing, but it's unclear why.

says: Umberger tells KHNL she credits her extensive diving history - more than 10,000 dives - for saving her life.

She told
KHNL, "An inexperienced diver would likely panic. Either panic from the stress of the situation and shoot for the surface."

Had she shot to the surface, Umberger might have experienced decompression sickness, also known as the bends.

eMedicineHealth explains that's when oxygen decompresses in the body and air bubbles form, blocking blood flow and disrupting blood vessels and nerves. That can lead to paralysis or even death.

KHNL reports Umberger believes she knows who attacked her. She says she plans to press charges.

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JTalltrees1 May 14 2014 at 11:15 AM

Hawaii is full of A--HOLES!

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garykuz May 14 2014 at 1:13 PM

Most people are not aware of the prices that these tropical salt water fish can bring on the open market for aquarium people. A somewhat common Blue Tang just a few inches long can bring in close to $100.00 for one fish. Thankfully there now are many breaders and fish houses that supply home grown fish species to the public. But, with the laws so lax on harvesting just about anyone can trap and export, making a killing at the reefs expense. This is a world wide problem with the tropical waters of all nations suffering the same problems with these rogue drives.

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m.young38 garykuz May 14 2014 at 1:35 PM

Actually you are wrong, most legitimate Aquarium/Pet store owners are very careful to only purchase stock from reputable suppliers who follow the laws on catching and exporting the animals. Aquarist do not want illegally caught specimens any more than anyone else would want to purchase an illegal item.

Most aquarist are more concerned with our fish and reef systems than none aquarist.

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Chistopher White m.young38 May 14 2014 at 2:15 PM

Does that mean that we are now in The Age of Aquarists?

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Velt May 14 2014 at 1:14 PM

Um... that's attempted murder

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LANI May 14 2014 at 1:21 PM

This documentation is part of a SEA SHEPHERD operation. It has nothing to do with PETA.

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Bill LANI May 14 2014 at 1:32 PM

True: one group's hats are tin-foil, the other's are aluminum.

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madfam004 May 14 2014 at 1:46 PM

Attempt murder charge is a must.

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toneitup May 14 2014 at 1:48 PM

Its not that bad they teach that in Scuba 101....Stop the Drama

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Chistopher White toneitup May 14 2014 at 2:18 PM

They teach that in Scuba 101? Yes, how to respond to it when and if it occurs, not how to do it intentionally to another diver. I have only had near-drowning divers try that on me. That I expect, not some confrontational goon "protecting" his private game preserve.

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lindamermaid toneitup May 14 2014 at 2:33 PM

Drama? Well I guess having someone try to kill you would be rather dramatic.

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Vimala Nowlis May 14 2014 at 1:49 PM

Fish collector? Didn't want to be film? Not clear why? I am clear why. He's doing something illegal.
Ripped off her air supply? It's definitely assault if not attempted murder. Hope the attacker is charged accordingly.

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Chistopher White May 14 2014 at 2:11 PM

Not surprising. The fish "collectors" are proven to be bad for the reef ecosystem. I know that they have to make a living too but the reef is close to dying and snatching up the fish will not help. Also, DCS is due to Nitrogen bubbling out of solution in the tissues, not oxygen.

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Live Free or Die May 14 2014 at 2:36 PM

50 feet is no big deal and as long as the creep didn't cut her reg line she should have been fine....big "AOL to do" about nothing!

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kenfenton Live Free or Die May 14 2014 at 2:47 PM

A diver attacked another and it's "no big deal"??? How jaded are you?

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squirrleybird May 14 2014 at 2:38 PM

50 feet no big deal?? let s see you or someone you know handle that oh and then add in the panic it only takes an inch water to drown

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