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Umbilical severed at 80 meters in North Sea

Discussion in 'Accidents and Incidents' started by DandyDon, Sep 24, 2012.

  1. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

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    [h=1]Diver survives 40 minutes without air[/h]
     
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2012
  2. Scuba_Noob

    Scuba_Noob Solo Diver

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    I can't even imagine how freaky that would be, especially to feel so helpless. Thank goodness he made it out safely.
     
  3. lavachickie

    lavachickie Divemaster Candidate

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    Nerves of steel, man. Damn.
     
  4. Thiad

    Thiad Divemaster

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    That's keeping one's head when the sh*t hits the fan. Wow.
     
  5. Griff..

    Griff.. Instructor, Scuba

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    Indeed.. Can't imagine what must have been going through his head
     
  6. GramsciBeat

    GramsciBeat Solo Diver

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    Respect.

    I assume it was an emergency gas tank he used at 80m and and not - as reported - an oxygen tank.
     
  7. tempoffroad

    tempoffroad Solo Diver

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    Wow! Remaining calm saved him for sure.
     
  8. Akimbo

    Akimbo ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    A lot of time and money is spent in anticipation of this failure. Every sat diver, supervisor, and support technician is always considering this possibility and ways to prevent it. Fortunately (or a testament to the crews), it is amazingly rare that the procedures and systems actually have to be used.

    Every bell has emergency gas and battery power. Most can drop weight and disconnect the steel lifting cable from inside — a really scary last ditch option. Hyperthermia is the biggest danger, beyond pressure hull failure.

    As usual, this report is confusing. It sounds like the main (surface to bell) umbilical was severed, but also talks about the diver’s (bell to diver) umbilical was entangled. Does anyone know any more of the details?

    These guys are brothers... they know everything possible is being done to get them back safe. You could not do this work otherwise.
     
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  9. Searcaigh

    Searcaigh Solo Diver Staff Member

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  10. ajduplessis

    ajduplessis Solo Diver

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    SAT Divers plan for thing like this, but you still need to execute when pooh hits fan. It's another reminder for any type diver rec or tec, that you need to plan for "will never happen" or "very unlikely" events. Practice your skills, Murphy is always looking for diving buddies!!!
     

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