The Last Dive by Bernie Chowdhury

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Chris and Chrissy Rouse, an experienced father-and-son scuba diving team, hoped to achieve widespread recognition for their outstanding but controversial diving skills. Obsessed and ambitious, they sought to solve the secrets of a mysterious, undocumented World War II German U-boat that lay under 230 feet of water, only a half-day's mission from New York Harbor. In doing so, they paid the ultimate price in their quest for fame.

Bernie Chowdhury, himself an expert diver and a close friend of the Rouses', explores the thrill-seeking world of deep-sea diving, including its legendary figures, most celebrated triumphs, and gruesome tragedies. By examining the diver's psychology through the complex father-and-son dynamic, Chowdhury illuminates the extreme sport diver's push toward—and sometimes beyond—the limits of human endurance.

 

About Bernie Chowdhury

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Bernie Chowdhury is the founder and co-publisher of The Inteinational Technical Diving Magazine. A world-class diver, Explorers Club Fellow, and a recognized expert on extreme sport diving, he also makes documentary films and is a frequent lecturer.
 
Published January 3, 2012 by Harper Perennial. 384 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Action & Adventure, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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With the arrogance of the outdoorsman, Chowdhury believes that courting death in the deep (or on the slopes of Everest, whose dangers he recalls) allows us to “venture even deeper into ourselves.” Throughout, indeed, there appears to be as much testosterone as water in the ocean as divers compete...

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In a captivating account of sport diving, Chowdhury chronicles the tragedy of Chris and Chrissy Rouse, an energetic father-son dive team who met with disaster while attempting to explore a German U-boat 230 feet deep in the waters off New York.

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An experienced diver with a personal connection to his subjects, Chowdhury chronicles the tragedy of Chris and Chrissy Rouse, an energetic, quarrelsome father-son dive team who, in 1992, met with disaster while attempting to reach a German U-boat in the waters off the New York coast.

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