Lobster divers head out cautiously following Wednesday's death

Joseph Grosso, 22, killed during day 1 of lobster mini season

By Ben Kennedy - Reporter

MIAMI - It's day two of lobster mini-season and Wednesday's diving death is still all the talk on the water.

"I just heard it over the radio, the guy came up unconscious," said Jud Corbin.

Corbin heard the call for help while towing lobster boats that broke down.

It turned out 22-year-old Joseph Grosso, an experienced diver who was out with his brother and friends looking for lobsters, was unconscious in the water. After Grosso's group surfaced, he reportedly went back under for one more dive on his own. Moments later he was found floating to the surface unconscious.

"To bury a son, to see an experienced diver have this happen over lobster," said Phil Franchina, the victim's stepfather.

Larry Drillick had a close call Thursday when the current caused his boat to drift a bit from one of their divers.

"I can tell you from experience, today we misplaced one of our divers," said Drillick. "The current was going, and it took us 20 minutes to find him once he came up."

"Stay focused, wave flags and get picked up," advised Tom Hunt, an experienced diver. "The good thing is when you have a captain in the boat."

Police hit the waves too, to make sure divers stay safe and that flags are up as a warning.

"It's nothing but dive flags and boats. You have to zig-zag the boats to get to the ones broken down," said Corbin.

Most dive instructors and dive charters will not let you dive without a dive buddy, but if you do have a solo dive certification, you are required  to not only have your primary tank, but you have to dive with a secondary air source such as a pony tank.

BSO said Grosso did not have a second air source.

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