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Four African American Women Scuba Divers Make History in Truk Lagoon, Micronesia

NEW YORK, Oct. 26, 2005 — On July 7, 2005, four African American women became the first organized group of African American women to dive on the world-famous WW-2 wreck of the Japanese Navy's The San Francisco Maru.


The Leading Ladies:

Brenda Berliner: New Jersey – National Association of Black Scuba Divers Officer

Melvina Edwards: Atlanta, GA – Atlanta Underwater Explorers

Tara Gauthier: New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Bon Temps Divers

Adrienne McAdory: Washington, D.C. – Underwater Adventure Seekers

The San Fancisco Maru sits in over 200 feet of water. Three Japanese Army tanks are located on the main deck at 165 feet. The deck gins, which many feel are the most spectacular in Truk Lagoon, are mounted on a huge motorized swivel. Cargo hold #1 is filled with rows of mines and detonators, still intact after 60 years at the bottom of the lagoon.

This group was led by PADI Divemaster Dean M. Carroll, with over 20 years of diving experience. In 2002, Dean was named diver of the year by the National Association of Black Scuba Divers and the Atlantic Rangers Scuba Club of Philadelphia. Dean, a graduate of Wilberforce University in Wilberforce, Ohio, was born and raised on the streets of Harlem, NY. Dean has used his street smarts and world travel expertise to assemble a unique group of six African American women and 10 African American men, of all diving abilities. Most divers are members of NABS and/or their local African American diving clubs.

Embarking on the South Pacific adventure were members from:

Atlanta, GA: Atlanta Underwater Explorers

Detroit, MI: Michigan African American Scuba Klub

Houston, TX: Nubian Dive Club of Houston, TX

New Orleans, LA: New Orleans Bon Temps Divers

Philadelphia, PA: Atlantic Rangers – "Dean's Club" and Trip Host

Truk, also know as Chuuk Lagoon, is one of the world's undersea phenomena. Divers Gary McGee (Michigan African American Scuba Klub) and Darryl Hubbard (Nubian Dive Club of Houston, TX) were the trip photographers who have taken well over 2,000 underwater digital photos, along with 45 minutes of color video, of this South Pacific experience.

The bottom of Truk Lagoon is the final tomb for more than six submerged WW-2 warships, freighters, tankers, submarines and aircraft from the Japanese Imperial Navy's 4th fleet. These WW-2 battle wrecks, courtesy of the U.S. Navy's 6th fleet called Operation Hailstone, are covered with lush growths of hard and soft corals teeming with numerous varieties of fish life. These are full of artifacts from the Japanese Navy, Army and Air Force, including 18-inch naval artillery ordnance destined for the battleships Yamato and Musashi – plus tanks, fighter aircraft and trucks. Divers also made dives to Japanese Navy Sub I-169, which performed spy missions in Pearl Harbor prior to Dec. 7, 1941.

For more information, please contact:

Dean M. Carroll


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