Russell Goltz

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Back to the Yukon, part 3

The boat that Waterhorse Charters owns is named the Humboldt. It is 45 feet long and designed for scuba diving. This dive to the wrecked HMCS Yukon will be the second time on the boat ...

Back to the Yukon, part 2

Greg Hatem, owner of Waterhorse Charters, was firm with me when I tried to sign up for one of his charter dives to the HMCS Yukon aboard his dive boat. He said before he would ...

Back to the Yukon

The diving wreck HMCS Yukon is located about two miles off the coast of Mission Beach and about 107 feet down (depending on the tide). The Yukon sank 1.8 miles off Mission Beach on July ...

Is Tourmaline’s lifeguard station 28 dangerous?

One of the common sense rules that are told to visitors to our beaches is that you should only go into the ocean in front of a lifeguard station. Starting about three years ago, the ...

Kite-surfer knocks out swimmer’s teeth — why?

On August 28th, a female surfer, after finishing a surf session at Tourmaline Surfing Park made the mistake of going back into the water for a swim. Not only is this not legal in a ...

P.B. in Baja

Las Gaviotas is an oceanfront gated community located about 30 miles south of the San Ysidro border crossing. It is ten minutes south of Rosarito. There are close to 300 homes, and many are available ...

Speak no evil

My surf buddy Jason McLachlan stopped by my house last night, fuming mad. He had just finished a short sunset session, so he should have been a happy guy. Here is his story: “I just ...

We need the beach break

Hello, state Assembly member Toni Atkins and state senator Marty Block. I am writing this letter to ask you to submit legislation to modify the Marine Life Preservation Act of 1999, as it concerns shore ...

Why the Yukon will continue to kill divers

Staci Johnson, a 26-year-old Marine , recently became the fifth diver to die while diving the Yukon, a Canadian escort ship sunk off of Mission Beach in 2000. Because the vessel is on its side, it is disorienting.

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