Imagine surfacing from an ocean dive only to discover your boat is gone and you're completely alone. This scary situation actually happened to Tom and Eileen Lonergan on January 25, 1998. Tom and Eileen Lonergan were experienced divers on a trip to Australia's Great Barrier Reef when their dive boat crew left them behind. Two days passed before anyone realized they were missing, and rescue teams searched for the married couple unsuccessfully for days. The two were never seen again, their bodies assumed to be lost at sea.
Like other nightmarish experiences, Tom and Eileen Lonergan's dreadful fate turned into a film, Open Water. The 2003 film was a critical darling and depicted the couple meeting their end being circled by sharks. The true story behind the Open Water movie, however, is much scarier simply because no one knows what really happened to Tom and Eileen Lonergan.
A Dive Slate With A Distress Message Was Discovered Six Months After Their Disappearance
Diaries Entries Have Led Some To Believe They Had A Suicide PactVideo: YouTube
One Expert Believes The Lonergans Were Eaten By Tiger Sharks
A Captain Believes The Lonergans May Have Hitched A Ride On His BoatPhoto: Open Water/Lionsgate