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Scuba Diver Attacked for Video Recording Underwater

Even under water and in scuba gear, you stand a chance of being attacked for photography.

At least that was the case of a 53-year-old Hawaii woman who was attacked under water while on a scuba expedition where she was documenting damage to corals after she came across another diver who did not want to be recorded.

The diver swam 50 feet towards her before ripping away her air supply.

When Rene Umberger managed to restore her air supply, pointing the camera back at the attack, he made a threatening gesture as if he would do it again.

According to Hawaii News Now:

The video was taken off the Kona Coast last Thursday. The dive turned ugly when one diver darts over and rips off Rene Umberger’s breathing supply 50 feet underwater. The scene was captured on two cameras.

“This man needs to be arrested. I think this man needs to be arrested immediately for attempted murder,” said Rene Umberger, coral reef consultant and scuba diver.

Umberger, 53, was eventually able to get her regulator back in and breathe again. That’s when she captured the suspect make another threatening gesture with his arms toward her.

“I honestly thought he was coming back for a second attack,” said Umberger. “I got up on the boat and I said oh my God, someone just tried to kill me underwater.”

She believes she knows who the suspect is and wants to press charges.

The State Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement says it is investigating and will turn its information over to the County Prosecutors office.

UPDATE: Umberguer belongs to a group called the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, which aims to “end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species.”

And the man who attacked her is apparently a reef fish collector.

According to the group’s website:

Sea Shepherd founder, Captain Paul Watson, had this to say upon viewing the video: “This incident shows just how far fish collectors are willing to go in their greedy operations that are turning reef ecosystems, once teeming with life, into barren wastelands. The reefs are dying in our time, and Sea Shepherd remains committed to exposing the destruction caused by the lucrative global aquarium trade,” Watson said.

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