Dateline NBC to air Tina Watson's story
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#1 May 17, 2008
Here is an article from the Townsville Bulletin about the death of Tina Watson while on her honeymoon. Dateline NBC is doing a 90 minute special to tell her story on Monday May 19, 2008 at 8:30CT/9:30ET.
Edition 1 -SAT 10 MAY 2008, Page 018
US newsmen here for special report on mystery diving death
A US film crew is in Townsville this week to take footage for a prime-time news program on the unexplained diving death of American bride Tina Watson more than four years ago.
The American journalists are filming segments for a planned 90-minute special expected to screen on May 19 on NBC's Dateline.
New York cameraman Craig White and producer Tom Keenan spent their first day in Townsville out on the site of the Yongala wreck, filming the iconic dive site where Tina died.
Mr Keenan said the pair would also film relevant sites including the Townsville police station, the Water Police headquarters and the Townsville court house where the inquest was held.
``Our purpose in coming over to Townsville was to illustrate the best we can the background of the case to an audience that doesn't know anything about diving and is not familiar with the region,'' Mr Keenan said.
``The program will look at whether what happened was an accident or something else ... a dream vacation or something gone bad.''
Tina had been married for just 10 days and was on her honeymoon with new husband Gabe Watson when she died while diving on the wreck of the Yongala.
Mr Watson, a certified rescue diver, said his novice diver wife had panicked underwater, knocked off his mask and regulator, and sunk 30m to the ocean floor, and he was unable to bring her to the surface.
Extensive police investigations resulted in an FBI raid on Mr Watson's Alabama home in April last year, during which police seized his computer and photographs of their diving trip.
The investigations led to a four-week coronial inquest beginning in November last year, with coroner David Glasgow expected to hand down an `unfavourable finding' on Mr Watson in relation to his wife's death in June.
Dateline producer Esther Zucker spoke to the Townsville Bulletin yesterday from New York, saying the long-running news program had first become aware of the Tina's death and the mystery surrounding it in November last year, and decided to delve into it more deeply.
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