View Full Version : Natalia Molchanowa missing!

08-06-2015, 05:17 AM
The world may have lost its greatest freediver.

Since a short fun dive near Spain, Natalia is missing.
No one knows what happened, but her family does not expect to find her alive.



08-06-2015, 06:03 AM
This is so sad! I wonder what happened.

08-06-2015, 06:17 AM
It could be a number of things (unexpected current, cold shock, sharks), but unless her body is found, we will never know.

However, although too early, this is a fitting end for a great freediver.
Not like Jaques Mayol who hanged himself :/

08-06-2015, 06:25 AM
There is something to be said for dying doing what you love, but I'd expect that's cold comfort to her family.

Mermaid Kassandra
08-06-2015, 07:53 AM
Oh no I can't believe this!

She was my idol I always wanted to be like her and it's like loosing an important part of inspiration.

I hope her family is ok now but it's awful what happened, I'm shocked.

I was thinking to her yesterday while I was talking about famous free divers and once again I thought I would love to be like her and maybe meet her.

This is a very sad day! :(

08-06-2015, 08:19 AM
She was this superhuman athlete I always aspired to.

There are many awesome freedivers, but none with such outstanding talent as Natalia.

Mermaid Momo
08-06-2015, 02:43 PM
How sad, but I can see some good coming from this, maybe after this, someone will develop a bracelet for free divers with a panic button on them? or some kind of beacon for location? or maybe more free divers will begin to wear a bracelet that was just created where you press a button and an air bag is deployed that takes you to the surface immediately?

08-06-2015, 04:02 PM
I could imagine a tracking device at least (like those that are put on birds and other animals).
So the diver's motions and location could be observed, and if they stop moving, the crew knows something is wrong.
Also, the no1 rule of diving is "never dive alone, always bring a buddy".
The dive Natalia did was apparently so casual they didn't bother with one safety diver.

But as I said, unless we find the body, we won't ever know what happened.
And I imagine whatever it was, couldn't have been prevented anyway.

Like that big shark that had a tracking device, and was then seen on the screen to be pulled around 100 metres into the deep within a few seconds, then vanished.
There are things out in the oceans we still don't know about.

Mermaid Kassandra
08-06-2015, 04:31 PM
A tacking device would be awesome and would help avoiding lots of incidents like this.

But yes definitely I think that the best safety device is your diving buddy, you can't compare him/she to any other device on this earth.

I hope they'll find her soon.

08-07-2015, 01:02 AM
A safety rescue vest for freedivers has been invented


08-07-2015, 01:12 AM
I am friends with someone who is close to her, and knows details that arent released to the public. It is awful that she drifted but if the details come to light eventually I think it'll make sense why it happened. It was a specific set of circumstances that no one had yet brought up here. Very sad. (I only say that to sort of shut down the theorizing) I feel very sorry for my friend as she was very close with her. We chatted about her today and she cried :(

Mermaid Kassandra
08-07-2015, 05:09 AM
Oh I'm so sorry to hear that!
I for your friend will feel better soon even if I know this is a terrible shock and a huge loss :(

Let her know that we are near her.

08-07-2015, 05:27 PM
it actually opened my eyes to so many risks even for mermaids though most of us arent free diving. because this woman is the leader in her field and still passed away. So I'm inspired now to get some more training for my team for underwater safety etc.

Princess Kae-Leah
08-07-2015, 05:29 PM
OMG how awful :(

08-07-2015, 09:35 PM
When I first read about this my heart sank. She died doing what she loved, which is really all we can ask for, but it's terrible that we may never know what happened.

Bracelets with GPS chips in them would be a good idea for all kinds of activities, in my opinion.

P.S. Echidna do you have a link to that shark story? I'm intrigued.

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Mermaid Riia
08-09-2015, 11:34 AM
Huge loss to the sport :( she's always been very interesting person to follow. Somehow very scary news, makes one respect mama nature even more..
And like said, (though I'm no where near Natalia's level) this brings up thoughts about water safety and will pay more attention to own dives/performances in future. There's always danger present when working in water.

08-09-2015, 02:45 PM
Raina that's very smart. I'm curious as to how much safety training professional mers undergo. After reading about this it makes me worry for mers aspiring to be like Hannah Fraser or Linden Wolbert.

I don't believe I have heard of Ms. Molchanova before this, but these last few words made me have to wipe away a few tears.
“It seems she’ll stay in the sea,” he said. “I think she would like that.”

08-09-2015, 07:17 PM
I'm a trained first aid instructor and also take professional development in whimis, sun safety, and water safety. This would be a trained free diving instructor giving us training

08-09-2015, 07:18 PM
( I also have mental health first aid, suicide first aid)

08-12-2015, 10:25 PM
Ugh. Totally heartbreaking.

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08-12-2015, 11:18 PM
What do you think of one last dive, spear in hand?

08-13-2015, 07:31 AM
How heartbreaking!