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 Scuba Instructor

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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 Scuba 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

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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 Divemaster

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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 Scuba Instructor

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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 Surface Interval Member

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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 Divemaster

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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 Surface Interval Member

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

    String Scuba Instructor

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    For years here the most common incident was boat/surface related- be it hitting prop, the boat or other.

    From BSACs figures, last year there were 392 reported "incidents" diving.

    The most common of these making up 120 of incidents was DCI.
    Boat and surface came second with 80.
    "Ascents" 50
    Injury/Illness 45

    With all the other various causes (technique, equipment etc) being under 20.

    The 21m-30m range had the highest number of incidents.


    There were other threads analyising these incident reports but no need to repeat that here. I dont know if the USA publishes similar statistics but im will to guess that it will be broadly the same as the BSAC one for causes and relative numbers. Spear fishing would be a small minor cause. As i said, in most places it just isnt popular (it isnt even legal in some places). Ive never seen anyone in the UK doing it and would be amazed if i ever did.


    http://www.bsac.org/techserv/increp03/intro.htm if anyone is interested.

    Edit:- Id be inclined to believe the statement that "90% of all shark attacks on divers are related to spearfishers".
     
  12. fgray1

    fgray1 GDI Diver ScubaBoard Supporter

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    The question don't make sense.
    He hasn't responded to anyone.
    His profile is empty.
    I wonder if he's just trying to flame spearfishing.
    Or maybe he's just new, But I found no intro for him when he signed on. I don't know. Something just don't seem right.
    Fred
     
  13. Hoppy

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    Must remember to try getting into Stoney with one soon :11:
     
  14. newyorkauter

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    No sorry I simply meant what percentage of all diving accidents involve spearfishing?
     
  15. newyorkauter

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    fred,

    no I'm not flaming - I'm a journalist trying to get some information on spearfishing.

    J
     
  16. DJ69

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    In Israel thes are about the correct numbers.
    I don't know if exactly 90% but most of the dive related and much more then half.
    BUT - over 90% of the fishing related accidents where not of Sport (fisherman) divers but of people who do this for a living.
     
  17. fgray1

    fgray1 GDI Diver ScubaBoard Supporter

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    You would most likely find and answer here or at least a lead to where you can find one.
    You didn't sound like a diver is what set off the alarms to me.
    You might try contacting DAN(divers alert network).
    Fred
     
  18. PRL

    PRL Scuba Instructor

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    I will believe freeDiving due to co2 blackout, but not scuba, even in Israel
     
  19. Faust

    Faust Nassau Grouper

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