Long Island Murder As Int’l Competition Gets Underway

A year on from the tragic death of Nick Mevoli during the Vertical Blue free dive event, a woman is murdered on the island as competitors gather again

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A year since the Vertical Blue free diving competition in Long Island had to be suspended after a diver died tragically the island is again on edge while the event is underway following the brutal murder of a woman just miles from the dive site.

The Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) has reported that a woman was found stabbed, with both her hands and feet bound, shortly after 8 a.m. on Saturday, November 29.

Late Sunday, Superintendent Stephen Dean said that a 44 year-old man was assisting police with their investigations.

The murder took place in Deadman’s Cay, some 10 miles from Clarence Town, where dozens of international free divers and spectators are currently gathering for the daring annual competition.

Police have requested public assistance following the murder of a woman in Deadman's Cay, 10 miles from where the dive competition is being held, a year on from Mevoli's death.

Police have requested public assistance following the murder of a woman in Deadman’s Cay, 10 miles from where a major international diving competition is being held, a year on from Mevoli’s death.

Competitors from all over the world travel to Long Island, which has a population of just under 3,000, to attempt to free dive to depths of up to hundreds of feet in the 663 foot deep Dean’s Blue Hole during the Vertical Blue competition.

This is the first time the competition has taken place since the death of U.S. free diving record holder, Nick Mevoli, on Sunday, November 17, last year. Mevoli died after resurfacing from a dive of a depth of over 200 feet. He had been attempting to dive to 236 feet on a single breath.

Vertical Blue began on November 27 in Long Island and is scheduled to wrap up on December 5.

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