I guess you have not clicked on some of the other links that involve Steve Etchemendy, Director Of Marine Operations and Designated Person. In addition to Steve's Job of TRYING to Hire COMPETANT persons to operate MBARIs Vessels, the Designated Person IS REQUIRED BY LAW to notify the proper authorities when their ships run aground. If you click on THIS US Coast Guard link, you can see Steve FAILED to make proper notifications in 2 GROUNDINGS of the Western Flyer. Time is of the essence when a ship goes aground, and the consequences can be DEVASTATING to marine and human life. This making a flase claim of holding the worlds record is just another red flag and a cry for help.Good grief people! You want to fire him? How do you know for sure anyway. I did read Sylvia Earle made the "Women's record" for that particular kind of dive. Then another website listed her as the "World's record" for the same dive. So which one is correct? The internet is full of inconsistencies. There are all kinds of dives. Anyway...he sure doesn't seem like the type of person that would lie. I wouldn't be so quick to rush to judgment. Call him up and ask him about it. His number is listed on the MBARI website. You all sound so terribly upset about it - Geez! He's done so many other things and is actually very well qualified to do what he does.
Type in "Western Flyer" Under Involved Vessel. I for one am GLAD to see someone investigating MBARI and leaking this important information. The NERVE of MBARI to preach saving the environment then to have employees ignoring the LAWS.