A deep-sea diver in Hawaii named Ron Tubbs has been collecting exotic fish for 35 years. But it almost cost him his life on Friday when the rope connecting him to his boat snapped.
Ron immediately surfaced and tried to swim back to the boat, but the current just kept pushing him away. Then he started feeling symptoms of the BENDS from surfacing too quickly, which can be deadly.
Luckily, he was out diving with a friend who called the Coast Guard. But once the sun went down, their chances of finding him decreased dramatically.
Plus, Ron had drifted about two miles out, and they weren't even CLOSE to him. Luckily, he could see their helicopter in the distance . . . and he also happened to have a green LASER POINTER on hand.
Now, shining a laser at an aircraft would NORMALLY be illegal. But Ron knew it was the only way they'd see him. So he tried not to shine it DIRECTLY at the helicopter, and hoped they'd just see it shining in the sky, which they DID.
Ron was pulled from the water a short time later and taken to a nearby hospital, where he was treated for decompression sickness. One of the rescuers said that if it wasn't for the laser pointer, they would have had ZERO chance of spotting him. (HawaiiNewsNow.com)