Not 'Divers Abandon Boat', But 'Thai Boat Abandons Divers'
An East Valley couple vacationing to celebrate their first anniversary found themselves abandoned in the ocean, after a dive trip went wrong off the coast of Thailand, reports KHOU.com, Houston, Texas.
Lexa and Jake Mendenhall recently became certified scuba divers, and were looking forward to their first real dives in the blue waters off Thailand. They made two one-hour dives, and all was well until they surfaced. Their boat was gone.
The Mendenhalls were stranded with another couple of novice divers and two dive instructors from the Thai diving company, one of whom waved an inflatable tube in an attempt to signal a boat they saw passing by. reports KHOU.com.
Eventually they were picked up after spending 30 to 45 minutes bobbing in the open water. They discovered later that their boat had had engine trouble and its captain chose to leave them all in the water while he went back to shore. [sic]