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Regulator-Ripping Diver Sentenced in Underwater Attacks

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The man who has become the poster child for the debate over the harvest of aquarium fish pleaded no contest in February to tearing the regulator from the mouth of Maui-based reef activist Rene Umberger in West Hawaii waters last May. We gave the details of the underwater attack in our June 2014 article "An Underwater Attack Makes World Headlines." Umberger and five other divers with underwater cameras were filming Jay Lovell, an aquarium fish collector of 30 years, harvesting fish at 50 feet off the Kona coast when Lovell swam toward Umberger and ripped the regulator out of Umberger's mouth, an act that was captured on video and received national attention....

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