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Friday, March 23, 2012
Prickett making progress

By Jake Howard
ESPN Action Sports

Cinematographer Mike Prickett still sits in a hyperbaric chamber, suffering from a paralyzing case of decompression sickness. But after spending more than six hours a day in "the pot," as Indies Trader captain Martin Daly refers to it on Prickett's Facebook wall, things seem to be improving.

"He has regained some sensation and minor movement in his legs. Definitely not in his feet yet, but he's got the spirit of a giant, so if anyone's going to recover from this, you can bet Mike will," reports Jodi Wilmott, who released the first official statement about Prickett on Mar. 20 and has been in contact with him since.

Coming to the aid of a diver in distress while on a commercial shoot in Tahiti, in an act that can only be described as utterly and purely heroic, Prickett dove 220 feet down to retrieve the diver, and then gave him the remains of his air supply as they made their way back to the surface. He subsequently got "the bends" and was paralyzed from the chest down.

News about Prickett spread like wildfire throughout the various social media channels, and the outpouring of support has been enormous. At one time or another it's safe to say that every notable in professional surfing has passed before his well trained lens. Among a multitude of other projects, Prickett was the director of photography for the Emmy-nominated 2007 ESPN release "Down the Barrel."

"We have a benefit at Surfer, The Bar next Wednesday, Mar. 28, 6:00pm to late," added Wilmott. "Live music, auction, a good North Shore get-together for the surf community to hopefully help cover some of Mike's medical expenses."

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