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Woman left behind in the ocean by Long Beach tour boat

Like the story line of Open Water  a woman was left behind in the ocean by tour boat as she was diving in the ocean.  Open Water is a film loosely based on the true story of an American couple who in 1998 went out with a scuba diving group on the Great Barrier Reef, and were accidentally left behind because the dive-boat crew failed to take an accurate headcount

Laurel Silver-Valker, 45, who often went diving for lobster is believed to have been left behind by the tour boat on Dec. 29 according to the family. On her Facebook page it states she works for Sundiver International Tour Boat Company.  OC Register states she was a regular on the trips and volunteered as a crew member.   Silver-Valker was last seen on the Sundiver International Tour Boat Company boat based in Long Beach on Dec. 29, but allegedly did not return with them. 

“They went to a different dive site before realizing that she was not on board,” said Sgt. Dave Carver of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept.  It was several hours later before they realized she was not on board and began a search.  Rescue teams continued their search for her for two weeks but she was never found. 

CBS LA stated that back in 2010, Sundiver was sued for leaving Dan Carlock behind on one of their tours.  Warlock was left floating in the ocean 12 miles off Newport Beach.  A boat with Boy Scouts saw him in the water five hours later and picked him up.  A He won a $1.68 million judgement.

Laurel’s case is still being investigated as they try to determine whether she did not get on the boat because she was left behind or because she had an emergency under the water.

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