Women’s diving mum ‘fearful of new technology’
The mum of a female diving mauler in New Zealand says she has become increasingly fearful of technology that can detect her daughter’s movements.
Maggie Stewart-Doyle was working as a nurse in Christchurch when she became aware of a Facebook post saying there were “many female divers” working at the dive site.
“I was shocked,” Ms Stewart-Hodgson said.
“[The mother] started asking if they were looking for a woman.
I said no they were.
It’s like being a child, it’s a little scary.”
Ms Stewart-Thompson said she knew of a group of female divers that she would go to when the team was out on dives.
The mother of two has spent time in the diving community and is a keen amateur.
She said she was worried about being able to monitor her daughter as she did her work.
Ms Stewart Thompson says she is scared of what her daughter will be able to detect.
But the mother of three said she could not allow her daughter to go to the diving site and she wanted her daughter involved in the dive.
Diving mother Maggie Stewart-doyle says she wants her daughter in the water.
Mr Stewart-Sutherland, who is also a nurse, said he had “no doubt” his daughter would be able see the divers’ positions and they would be aware of the depth.
His daughter has not taken part in any dive with him in recent years, but is keen to see how the diving team reacted to the incident.
Dr Stewart-Owens said her daughter had been in contact with the team and was in good spirits.
“(She) was excited to get up on the dive team and get the attention of the divers,” Dr Stewart-Olsen said.
“She did feel like she could be a part of this team.
We are happy to have her back, as we know that she is an intelligent young woman.”
Dr Owens, a mother of four, said she wanted to give her daughter the best possible start in life.
He said he did not want his daughter to be intimidated or disappointed by technology, but wanted her to be safe.
In a statement, Christchurch Police said it was investigating.
“As soon as a report is received we will investigate it thoroughly and we will liaise with the dive company to determine the appropriate response.”
The Christchurch Dive Club said it had not received any complaints.
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