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spearfishing accidents

Discussion in 'Accidents and Incidents' started by newyorkauter, Apr 14, 2004.

  1. newyorkauter

    newyorkauter Guest

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    I heard from somewhere that 90% of scuba accidents happen while people are spearfishing.

    Does anyone know if a verifiable source for this quote?

    Thanks,

    Jonathan

    newyorkauter@yahoo.com
     
  2. crispos

    crispos Instructor, Scuba

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    This is not correct. It has been estimated that 30% of dive fatalities over the age of 40 are caused by heart attack. Typically, spear fishers on scuba can hide from a shark if required.
     
  3. String

    String Master Instructor

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    Given that outside the USA spearfishing isnt very popular i disbelieve that stat.

    I can safely say 0% of the UKs fatalities last year or this years to date have been spear fishing related:)
     
  4. diverrick

    diverrick Solo Diver

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    So if I dive and have a heart attack, why is it considered a "diving accident"? Just because it occured while diving.
    If I have a heart attack while driving, it's not called an auto accident. Sounds like it might sqew the diving fatality stats a bit.
     
  5. archman

    archman Marine Scientist

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    That percentage sounds more in the line of diver accidents due to shark attacks. 90% seems a bit on the high side though.
     
  6. japan-diver

    japan-diver Dive Charter

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    There more bad info in this thread then any where on the net:

    90% of accidents while spearfishing- this is about nuts!! as pointed out the UK as had a bad spring with quite few deaths and none involve spearfishing. In 14 years of diving in Okinawa we have had a few accidents and can only think of two that involved spearfishing. Going through DAN's accident report the percentage averages around 10-11% depending on the year you look at. DAN puts spearfishing and lobstering or any type of game collecting together.

    90% of accidents due to shark attacks on Scuba Diver's!!!!Come on that percent is less than 1.
     
  7. DiveKitty68

    DiveKitty68 Nassau Grouper

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    Hey, if this is true then I can cut my risk of having a dive accident by 90% by just not spearfishing. COOL!:jump013:
     
  8. cdiver2

    cdiver2 Great White

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    Maybe what NY was asking was. Is it true that 90% of shark attacks on scuba divers are on those that are spearfishing. How about it NY
     
  9. archman

    archman Marine Scientist

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    Oops, that's not what I meant. Take two.

    90% of shark attacks on scuba divers occur during spearfishing activities.

    How's that sound?
     
  10. cdiver2

    cdiver2 Great White

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    Sounds like you phrased it right now is this nearer the right numbers ?
     

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