Diving with Sharks

Diving with Sharks

Craig Rivera had a chance to try feeding some hungry sharks during a segment on “Geraldo at Large”.

As Shark Week 2010 got underway on the Discovery Channel, Geraldo Rivera invited Shark Week host Terry Schappert to the September 2nd episode to discuss shark attack survival tips. Investigative reporter Craig Rivera, who completed a “Getting Out Alive” segment for Inside Edition about surviving a shark attack, also joined the discussion. He began the segment from a boat in the middle of the ocean where he had the opportunity to dive with sharks.

While standing on a boat with sharks circling, Craig Rivera starts by introducing the shark adventures tourism industry. He explains that many believe such diving tours increase the likelihood of shark attacks by getting sharks to feel comfortable around people, then counters by noting that dying from a bee sting is statistically more likely than dying from a shark attack.

Craig Rivera then dives into the water and is surrounded by hungry sharks. Divers from Stewart Cove’s Shark Diving Adventures feed the sharks by placing bait at the end of a stick and taking care not to put their hands in between sharks and the bait. Back on the boat, Craig Rivera interviews the shark feeders and asks if the company has seen any attacks. One feeder says that feeders have been nicked but there have been no major incidents. She also points out that her profession helps sharks around the world by helping people appreciate sharks and reducing indiscriminate killing or finning.

Craig Rivera returns to the water to try feeding the sharks but commits a rookie mistake. Divers warn him not to move the baited stick around “like a sword”, as it has caused the sharks to swarm all over him. Some of the sharks bump or nudge him but he returns to the boat with all of his fingers, happy to not have been mistaken for food.

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Craig Rivera Dives With Sharks from Craig Rivera on Vimeo.

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Did a Cover-up Take Place Following TWA Flight 800 Explosion?

TWA Flight 800

TWA Flight 800 was partially re-constructed during a four-year investigation into the cause of its deadly explosion.

During the June 23, 2013 episode of “Geraldo at Large”, Craig Rivera completed a new “Craig Investigates” segment into a new documentary about the investigation into doomed TWA Flight 800. The documentary creator, Tom Stalcup, did not buy into the results of the government’s investigation and believes a cover-up might have taken place.

TWA Flight 800 exploded mid-air on July 17, 1996, while en route to Paris, killing all who were onboard. The National Transportation Safety Board and FBI conducted a four-year investigation into the incident, reconstructing the plane from the wreckage before determining that a wiring short-circuit sparked an explosion in the near-empty fuel tank. Despite the results of this investigation, many witnesses are convinced the plane was shot down. Craig Rivera interviewed former National Guard pilot Fred Mayer, who saw pieces from the crash that he thought resembled the missiles he had seen while serving in Vietnam.

Tom Stalcup, a physics Ph.D. student at the time, was unconvinced by the government’s investigation. He spent 17 years interviewing whistleblowers and witnesses to produce a documentary that claims government investigators lied. Craig Rivera interviewed Tom Stalcup, who says his main goal is for the investigation to be re-opened and conducted by independent investigators so that witnesses are given a chance to testify. While the documentary has already come under fire from critics such as former FBI Chief Investigator James Kallstrom, Tom Stalcup believes his interviews with Fred Mayer and other high-level former government officials gives his documentary credibility.

As Craig Rivera then explains, the CIA was involved in the initial investigation as one hypothesis blamed terrorists for the attacks. They produced an animated simulation that concluded the missile eyewitnesses said they saw was actually a trail of burning fuel that came from the aircraft following the initial explosion. Tom Stalcup rebukes this theory, noting that the radars indicate a high velocity explosion occurred outside the plane and triggered a secondary explosion in the fuel tanks.

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Was Crash of TWA Flight 800 Really An Accident? from Craig Rivera on Vimeo.

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Exclusive Interview with Michael Jackson’s Former Doctor

Dr Arnold Klein

Dr. Arnold Klein spoke with Craig Rivera about the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial.

During a “Craig Investigates” segment that aired on the 9/27/2013 episode of “Geraldo at Large”, Craig Rivera conducted an exclusive interview with Dr. Arnold Klein, Michael Jackson’s former doctor.

At the time, jurors were deliberating in a civil trial to determine whether an incompetent doctor or concert promoters were ultimately responsible for the pop star’s death. Dr. Klein is no stranger to the controversy, having himself been accused of providing Jackson with dangerous painkillers.  He denies these claims, noting that Jackson began taking these painkillers years earlier following a series of plastic surgeries. The coroner then went on to identify a sedative called Propofol as ultimately being to blame for the musician’s death.

Dr. Klein calls Dr. Jackson’s last physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, incompetent for continuing to prescribe Propofol to Jackson. He remembers speaking with Jackson one month before his death and it was clear to him that Jackson was not himself and seemed overmedicated.

The Jackson family does not dispute Michael’s addiction, but believes the doctor enabled it due to a conflict of interest. The debt-ridden doctor received $150,000 per month from tour company AEG to serve as the star’s doctor, leading Dr. Klein to speculate that Dr. Murray was a fall guy. He explains that tour company AEG had a clause in Jackson’s contract leaving the star on the hook for all financial losses if he was unable to go on tour.

AEG points out that Michael’s father, Joe, first introduced the doctor to his son. Dr. Klein remembers receiving a voicemail from Jackson before his death in which he was looking for a new anesthesiologist. He adds that Dr. Murray was not licensed in England so he could not have taken care of Jackson on the tour.

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Who is responsible for Michael Jackson’s death? from Craig Rivera on Vimeo.

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