Rob Murphy still loves talking about his spear fishing adventures, after 400 dives.
It was Murphy's passion -- until a nightmare dive changed everything. He surfaced from a dive in eastern Florida on Jan. 9, and a passing boat severed Murphy's legs.
Murphy lost nearly half his blood. He was lucky to escape with his life, but doctors couldn't save his legs.
Now Murphy's accident has become a call to actions for divers.
Spearboard.com, the thread about Murphy's accident, has eclipsed 51,000 views and 500 posts. Murphy and his family are communicating with well-wishers and admit the outpouring of thoughts and prayers is overwhelming, but uplifting
On Saturday, boat ramps around Florida will have volunteers to educate boaters and anglers about dive flag safety laws. Volunteers also will have a petition that organizers hope to present to Gov. Charlie Crist to create an official state "Dive Flag Awareness Day."
Murphy has become an icon for a movement that he hopes will save divers' lives.
"Divers, boaters and fishermen share a tight space over reefs and wrecks," said Murphy, 26. "There are close calls between divers and boaters every day out there. I never thought it would happen to me. Now, I'm trying to make a sad situation into a positive." more