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Two Deadly Dive Sites

where Americans rarely go, thankfully

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Recently, the Active Times noted, "there are dives with an added element of danger and mystery so compelling that many will risk their lives for a chance at the challenge." The website listed what it considers the 10 most dangerous scuba dives in the world, including several Florida caves. While we think including Belize's Blue Hole on the list is a wild stretch, two others caught our eye.

Egypt's Blue Hole

Nicknamed the "Diver's Cemetery," the Active Times calls this submarine sinkhole off the Red Sea coast of Dahab, Egypt, the most dangerous scuba site on earth. Originally, it was named the Blue Hole because of the hole through the reef wall to the blue ocean beyond. More recently, thanks to misinformed journalists, the circular lagoon so formed by the reef wall has become known as the Blue Hole. It is incredibly deep. Egyptian authorities (who have a policeman stationed at the Blue Hole to ensure divers are with a certified guide) claim 40 divers have died at this site in the past decade, but many local dive shop operators believe there have been at least twice that many fatalities....

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