|Hi everyone, I was at that freak current dive myself. NOT to frighten everyone here, but just to share my experience during that dive.|
That faithful Saturday morning, at crystal bay I saw the bay was almost crowded with about 30 speed boat. 5 of us with 1 very experience instructor did our backroll into the water and prepare to decend in the bay and start our hunt for Mola Mola. There was some surface swirling of waves but the bottom was calm.
The hunt for Mola Mola begins here. We follow our instructor down the channel and head towards the reef on the right around 20+ meters. The instructor told us to stop and he went out to see if Mola Mola is at the cleaning station. After awhile, He bang his tank and signal us that he spotted the Mola. All of us happily decend to about 35meters to see. Some divers even go deeper just to catch a good view of the Mola which is roughly at about 50+ meters.
About a few mins later, our instructor told us to move back near the reef as he can feel some current coming in head on. So I followed his instruction and head back to the reef. Just before reaching, the current came so suddenly that I can see divers flying around. I quickly hold on to the reef to prevent from being swap away, at this point I was at about 25meters. There came the freaking down current, I had to use 1 hand holding on to the rock and the other hand holding on to my camera. After about 30-40 sec, the current die down. I quickly move up to the shallower water to 7 meters. Again the down current just came again, this time was even stronger and I was push down to 15 meters. I struggle not to be push down even further and holding on to the reef again. So after awhile the current again die down and I had to climb up the reef using my hands and finning at the same time. Once I reach the top of the reef which is about 7 meters, the down current came in again but I managed to hold on to the reef.
Soon, the current die down and I grab this chance to surface as soon as possible. Once I was out of water, I can see lots of speed boat waiting for us at the surface preparing to pick us up. I got onto my dive boat and heard about this Thai diver being lost.
I heard from the dive center that the operator which had lost the diver send out 6 speed boat and 1 heli to seach for the diver but cant find her.
This is from my own experience on crystal bay.