Case 133

Tom & Eileen Lonergan

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Case 133

Tom & Eileen Lonergan

The weather conditions in tropical Far North Queensland on Sunday, January 25, 1998, were ideal for a day out on The Great Barrier Reef. It was hot and sunny with blue skies, and the glass-like water was still and clear. Shortly after 8:00 am, the 26 passengers who had booked a diving expedition with charter boat company, Outer Edge Dive, gathered at the marina in Port Douglas, a quiet resort town located 65 kilometres from Cairns, the region’s largest city.

They visited three different dive sites throughout the day, arriving at their final destination of Saint Crispin Reef just after 2:00 pm. 

After 40 minutes of exploring the reef, the passengers were called back to the boat to embark on their 90 minute journey back to Port Douglas. They departed Saint Crispin at 3:20 pm, with the crew serving food and chilled beverages to their happy and relaxed guests. The boat docked at the marina at 5:00 pm and after everyone had departed, the crew discovered a dive bag and plastic bag had been left on board. This wasn’t unusual, as passengers often left belongings behind by accident. The bags were set safely aside with the expectation they would soon be claimed by their rightful owners…

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Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men, women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line: 1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

MTC program: maketheconnection.net/resources/spread-the-word

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call/

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

CREDITS

 

Casefile Presents

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Written by Elsha McGill and Milly Raso

Researched by Erin Munro

Creative director: Milly Raso

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

 

RESOURCES

 

VIDEOS:

2020: Vanished Down Under

Crime Stories: Deep Secrets

 

ARTICLES:

‘Search is on for couple lost at sea’ – The Des Moines Register, January 30, 1998

‘Search called off for missing divers’ – Arizona Daily Star, January 31, 1998

‘In the depths of despair’ – The Sunday Age, February 1, 1998

‘Dead or alive?’ – The Age, February 28, 1998

‘Service held for missing US divers’ – Daily Citizen, April 3, 1998

‘New twist to missing divers probe’ – The Age, April 23, 1998

‘Darkness clings to sunny reef town’ – The Age, April 25, 1998

‘Dive couple ‘sighted’ after disappearance’ – The Age, May 20, 1998

‘Please help us ?? to rescue us before we die’ – The Age, September 5, 1998

‘Secret tapes reveal panic for lost pair’ – The Age, September 8, 1998

‘Bus operator warned dive skipper pair were missing’ – Sydney Morning Herald, September 9, 1998

‘Diver tells of flaws in head count’ – The Age, September 11, 1998

‘Outbursts and high emotions in courtroom drama’ – The Age, September 12, 1998

‘Lawyer calls for charges’ – The Age, October 3, 1998

‘Charges leveled in deaths of scuba divers’ – The Sentinel, October 9, 1998

‘New regulations recommended to avoid more dive accidents’ – The Town Talk, November 6, 1998

‘Dive head counts not assigned, court told’ – The Age, November 10, 1999

‘Pair’s diaries tell of sadness’ – The Age, November 24, 1999

‘Diaries reveal the tortured thoughts of Tom and Eileen’ – The Age, November 28 ,1999

‘Missing divers: skipper cleared of manslaughter’ – The Age, November 25, 1999

‘The story behind new film Open Water’ – The Guardian, July 22, 2004

‘Diving for cover over deaths’ – The Australian, October 14, 2004

‘Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the cinema…’ – The Telegraph, July 18, 2004

‘Diver’s parents have no interest in ‘Open Water’ film’ – The Advocate, August 6, 2004

‘Doomed couple’s story resurfaces’ – The Times-Picayune, August 20, 2004

‘Elderly diver goes missing on reef’ – The Age, January 13, 2000

‘Abandoned divers rescued from shark-infested waters’ – Times Colonist, September 19, 2005

‘As sharks prowled, forgotten divers waited… and waited’ – The Guardian, May 25, 2008

‘Australian boat abandons US snorkeler’ – The Boston Globe, June 29, 2011

 

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The weather conditions in tropical Far North Queensland on Sunday, January 25, 1998, were ideal for a day out on The Great Barrier Reef. It was hot and sunny with blue skies, and the glass-like water was still and clear. Shortly after 8:00 am, the 26 passengers who had booked a diving expedition with charter boat company, Outer Edge Dive, gathered at the marina in Port Douglas, a quiet resort town located 65 kilometres from Cairns, the region’s largest city.

They visited three different dive sites throughout the day, arriving at their final destination of Saint Crispin Reef just after 2:00 pm. 

After 40 minutes of exploring the reef, the passengers were called back to the boat to embark on their 90 minute journey back to Port Douglas. They departed Saint Crispin at 3:20 pm, with the crew serving food and chilled beverages to their happy and relaxed guests. The boat docked at the marina at 5:00 pm and after everyone had departed, the crew discovered a dive bag and plastic bag had been left on board. This wasn’t unusual, as passengers often left belongings behind by accident. The bags were set safely aside with the expectation they would soon be claimed by their rightful owners…

______

Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men, women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line:  1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

CREDITS

 

Casefile Presents

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Written by Elsha McGill and Milly Raso

Researched by Erin Munro

Creative director: Milly Raso

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

 

RESOURCES

 

VIDEOS:

2020: Vanished Down Under

Crime Stories: Deep Secrets

 

ARTICLES:

‘Search is on for couple lost at sea’ – The Des Moines Register, January 30, 1998

‘Search called off for missing divers’ – Arizona Daily Star, January 31, 1998

‘In the depths of despair’ – The Sunday Age, February 1, 1998

‘Dead or alive?’ – The Age, February 28, 1998

‘Service held for missing US divers’ – Daily Citizen, April 3, 1998

‘New twist to missing divers probe’ – The Age, April 23, 1998

‘Darkness clings to sunny reef town’ – The Age, April 25, 1998

‘Dive couple ‘sighted’ after disappearance’ – The Age, May 20, 1998

‘Please help us ?? to rescue us before we die’ – The Age, September 5, 1998

‘Secret tapes reveal panic for lost pair’ – The Age, September 8, 1998

‘Bus operator warned dive skipper pair were missing’ – Sydney Morning Herald, September 9, 1998

‘Diver tells of flaws in head count’ – The Age, September 11, 1998

‘Outbursts and high emotions in courtroom drama’ – The Age, September 12, 1998

‘Lawyer calls for charges’ – The Age, October 3, 1998

‘Charges leveled in deaths of scuba divers’ – The Sentinel, October 9, 1998

‘New regulations recommended to avoid more dive accidents’ – The Town Talk, November 6, 1998

‘Dive head counts not assigned, court told’ – The Age, November 10, 1999

‘Pair’s diaries tell of sadness’ – The Age, November 24, 1999

‘Diaries reveal the tortured thoughts of Tom and Eileen’ – The Age, November 28 ,1999

‘Missing divers: skipper cleared of manslaughter’ – The Age, November 25, 1999

‘The story behind new film Open Water’ – The Guardian, July 22, 2004

‘Diving for cover over deaths’ – The Australian, October 14, 2004

‘Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the cinema…’ – The Telegraph, July 18, 2004

‘Diver’s parents have no interest in ‘Open Water’ film’ – The Advocate, August 6, 2004

‘Doomed couple’s story resurfaces’ – The Times-Picayune, August 20, 2004

‘Elderly diver goes missing on reef’ – The Age, January 13, 2000

‘Abandoned divers rescued from shark-infested waters’ – Times Colonist, September 19, 2005

‘As sharks prowled, forgotten divers waited… and waited’ – The Guardian, May 25, 2008

‘Australian boat abandons US snorkeler’ – The Boston Globe, June 29, 2011

 

THIS EPISODE’S SPONSORS

 

SimpliSafe – Save big and get a free security camera ***Special Holiday Deal***

HempFusion – Get 20% OFF your first order and FREE shipping with promo code ‘CASEFILE’

ShipStation – Try ShipStation FREE for 60 days with promo code ‘casefile’

Luc Belaire – Get 30% OFF your first order of Luc Belaire’s wines

 

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