FH-7 Recorder Exchange & MP243 Cutoffs - August 20, 2016© Photos Posted by Mark Miller © Hi-Res Source
This was a trip to exchange the USM Data Recorder at FH-7. My boat was in the shop having the fuel tank replaced so we went in Bob Brown's Twin-Vee. Also on board was Skip Roberts. The exchange went smooth and FAD2 was found to still be floating and functional. Some air was added for additional buoyancy as well. The Jumbo Barge is holding a nice population of Amberjack and Red Snapper, much of which is attributed to the success of FAD2. We then proceeded out to the MP243 Cutoffs to hunt Scamp Grouper. Amberjack and Red Snapper seasons were unjustly closed so our hands were forced to target other species. We ended up with 5 Scamp Grouper but I had a DCS (Decompression Sickness) Hit after my fourth dive. I had just came up from the dive and proceeded to weigh anchor and felt a pain in my shoulder. Thinking I had pulled a muscle, I asked Skip to finish. We started heading North but my symptoms were getting worse instead of better. After about a mile or two the pain moved into my elbow and wrist so I asked them to stop the boat as I felt I needed in water recompression. They had Oxygen on the boat so instead I started on that and the symptoms quickly subsided which reinforced the plausability of DCS. I made a 5th dive on the Barataria Bay for some in water recompression therapy after which all symptoms vanished. However by the time we got to the dock, the symptoms came back. After consulting with several sources, I ended up taking a 5 hour Table 6 ride in a recompression chamber in Gulfport. See the full details of my DCS experience and an expert's analysis of it on my website at Primofish.com.