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Disappearance of Tom and Eileen Lonergan

Summary
Thomas Joseph Lonergan (born 28 December 1964) and Eileen Cassidy Lonergan (née Hains; born 3 March 1969) were a married American couple who were unintentionally abandoned in the Coral Sea off of Australia's northeast coast on 25 January 1998 during a group scuba-diving trip aboard MV Outer Edge. Their absences were not noted by the boat crew until two days later on 27 January, and while search efforts resulted in the discovery of personal effects presumed to be those of the Lonergans, the discoveries did not lead to their rescue. Neither has been found, and both are presumed dead. The couple's disappearance and deaths resulted in "a crisis of confidence in north Queensland's dive industry" and resulted in tighter mandatory safety regulations for diving boats in Australia. Their disappearances also served as the inspiration for the 2003 film Open Water. Background Thomas Joseph Lonergan and Eileen Hains, both graduates of Louisiana State University, were marr
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