Michael Moore (Diving buddy & friend of David "Gabe" Watson) testified:
"He and Watson practised rescuing distressed and unconscious divers as part of
their rescue certification course. "He and Watson did open water dives in Florida
and Mexico together, where they made drift dives in brisk current, dove to a depth
of 50 metres and stuggled with visibility of less than a metres.
Watson had obtained four diving certifications - open water, advanced, rescue
and specialty spearfishing - about four years before Tina's fatal dive.
"He and Watson did an accelerated course over a full Saturday with dive instructor
Tom Jackson in an Alabama quarry learning how to search for missing divers and
how to rescue them."
"Tom played the part of a distressed diver, moving his hands panicking and we
assisted him. We had to go and get a diver sitting on the bottom and inflate
their BC (bouyancy vest) to get them. Gabe and I did it to each other."
Mr Moore testified regarding "an open water emergency at a depth of 28 metres
when Watson cooly grabbed Mr Moore when he lost half of his weights, preventing
DEFENSE CROSS EXAMINATION:
Michael Moore testified: "All of their open water dives were under Mr Jackson's
Dr. Stanley Stutz (Emergency room Physician)
" I was in the water with about three dozen other divers when I looked down
and saw Tina Watson floating on her back with her arms extended, moving
slowly in the water.
I noticed her because "she was in distress, lying flat, facing up. She was just
floating. I was shocked. She look like she was in a lot of trouble." "I was close
enough to see her face. Her arms and legs were moving and she wasn't thrashing,
but "she moved like she didn't have any energy.. like she didn't have enough
strength to swim."
I watched as a male diver in a black wetsuit went to Tina Watson and put his
arms under her arm pits. "I thought he was trying to save her. Then he let go
and she sank."
The woman was clearly alive before the encounter, but she was dying afterward.
As Tina Watson drifted to the sea floor, I saw vomit come from her mouth and I
believed she was still alive as she sank.
I didn't think anything sinister had happened at first."
DEFENSE CROSS EXAMINATION:
Dr. Stutz "I thought Gabe was trying to save her. I was surprised when I got an email
that it was a murder trial."
"I couldn't see exactly where Watson's hands were when he went to his wife."
"The current at the dive site was strong that day, strong enough that it pulled me
off the anchor rope.
Brett Bloomstom: "Is it unusual for family members to not watch resuscitation
efforts because it is traumatic?"
Dr. Stutz "It's not unusual."
Dr. Stutz "The defendant did not ascend rapidly or try to get other divers to help."
She didn't have the strength to swim.
I saw another diver retrieve her from the sea floor, 100 feet down.
I wanted to go to the surface but my dive master told me not to leave my
dive buddy. I was dying to help. After completing my 38-minute dive, I
assisted in performing CPR on Tina Watson, but never got a heart beat.
Gabe Watson did not come to his wife's side as we tried to save her life."
Dr. Doug Milsap (Dentist) (Diver on the ill fated dive trip - made 800 dives
around the world)
"Novice divers are trained how to get themselves and their dive buddy to safety.
They learn a cardinal rule - you don't leave your buddy unless they're dead, or
they're trapped and you can't get them loose without assistance. But if you
can retrieve your buddy, there's no excuse for leaving."
Watson told me two versions of Tina's sinking within the span of a minute.
The first version was that everything was fine until Tina suddenly knocked off his
mask and regulator. He grabbed her when she started sinking but lost his grip
because she was too heavy. The second version was that he had a hold
of her and was trying to lift her but she was too heavy.
Both versions were nonsense because underweater, divers are essentially
weightless and she would have weighed the equivalent to only 10-20 pounds.
"I got angry - like I feel now - and said, that's bullshit. I tend not to have much
tact, I tell it like it is. Trying to fight a current to return to a dive line is folly.
"The ocean is relentless," he said. "It will win every time. The best thing to do
is inflate your (dive vest) and go to the surface."
Milsap said Tina could not have been too heavy to hold, as Watson claimed,
because pressure underwater makes objects much lighter than they are at
the surface. Watson easily could have removed from his wife's dive vest the
weights divers carry to help keep them from floating to the surface.
A distressed diver's natural tendency is to go to the surface, he said. If Tina
was sinking to the sea floor, she was not alive like Gabe claimed.
"Dead or unconscious divers" sink."
Alabama Assistant Attorney Don Valeska "How many fin kicks would be
required to get a diver down 2 -3 metres, the distance Watson said he
was from a sinking Tina?
Dr Milsap "One of two kicks for a strong diver. For a weak diver, two to three.
From my experience panicking divers always go to the surface for air.
Attorney Don Valeska "Who sinks Dr Milsap?"
Dr. Milsap "Dead or unconscious divers."
Watson could have pressed a simple button on Tina's buoyancy vest and she
would have immediately surfaced."