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1 in 14 Cave divers die???????

Discussion in 'Cave Diving' started by octgal, Oct 16, 2005.

  1. octgal

    octgal Solo Diver

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    Is this true that 1 in 14 die?? Someone just told me this and i find it very hard to believe. If it is true some of you must have some pretty horrible stories to tell of a buddy not coming back!

    Anyone care to share??? Or tell me that this isn't true?
     
  2. sbesana

    sbesana Angel Fish

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    Nonsense. At least until someone proves it to be true. As with any statistic.
    Ask that "someone" where his assertion comes from...

    3 out of 19 divers are blond. Prove me I'm wrong :)
     
  3. Dive-aholic

    Dive-aholic Dive Shop

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    Eventually all cave divers die...actually, eventually everyone dies. :D

    Cave diving is actually very safe when done by properly trained cave divers who follow all the rules. Only one properly trained cave diver who was following all the rules has died in a cave, and that was a freak accident. There was a change in water flow and a cave in occurred taking away his known exit.

    All other deaths in underwater caves have happened to divers without adequate training or those not following the rules.
     
  4. octgal

    octgal Solo Diver

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    Yes thats what i thought, most of the deaths in cave diving are do to divers not being trained in this area and going beyond their limits. Gives cave diving a bad name because thats all people look at.
     
  5. utnapistim

    utnapistim Nassau Grouper

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    ummm ... actually, statistically speaking, I'm immortal.

    but, then again, I'm not a cave diver, so maybe it's not relevant.
     
  6. Jeff Toorish

    Jeff Toorish Instructor, Scuba

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    That was a line in that movie "The Cave," that was out earlier this year. At least something similar to that. I think the guy heading the expedition said "1 in 14..." And someone else asked what that meant and the answer was, the number of deep cave divers who die.

    It was a line in a movie, so now it is, of course, irrefutable fact.

    Jeff
     
  7. brianstclair

    brianstclair Nassau Grouper

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    I just did my cavern class a few weeks ago, and my instructor really hammered us on this. Here's how he told us is breaks down:

    95% of all cave diving deaths were people who were not properly trained in cave diving.

    Approx 4.5% were due to a failure to run a continuous guide line.

    Of the remaining 0.5%, every death with the exception of one or two, was due to either violating the 1/3 rule, diving deeper than 130', solo diving, or (in two cases) not having enough backup lights.

    I realize, before anyone calls me on it, that you don't die when you hit 131', or when you dive alone, or when your light goes off. The point was that if you have proper training, run a continuous line, follow the 1/3 rule for air consumption, stay above 130', dive with a buddy, and have a minimum of three lights (a primary and two backups), and you STILL die, then that's pretty much God just striking you down.

    Pretty safe IF you're properly trained and prepared. Of course as we all know, almost 50% of all statistics are made up...
     
  8. octgal

    octgal Solo Diver

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    Oh geez!!!!! thats actually funny! I have yet to see the movie, but i know the one you are talking about.

    Well people can say what they want and the statistic is whatever it is, won't stop me from seeing some of the most beautiful places on earth, as long as i'm trained and safe....
     
  9. octgal

    octgal Solo Diver

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    Thanks for the info!!!! much appreciated. I agree I think its safe as long as you are trained and dive your limits
     
  10. jtu

    jtu Angel Fish

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    I liked that "God striking you down" LOL. Stay well trained and dive you'll be fine.
     

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