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Ambergris Caye fatality - Belize

Discussion in 'Accidents & Incidents' started by DandyDon, Mar 30, 2021.

  1. Basking Ridge Diver

    Basking Ridge Diver Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: New Jersey
    Unless you have a weird sense of humor - I fixed it right... Read it again?
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  2. Streydog

    Streydog Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: DFW, TX
    I have only been to Ambergris cay once to dive. It was April of 2015. This was my first dive trip after being certified. The week I was there I was only able to dive off Ambergris 2 days due to the conditions. Those 2 days the seas where the roughest I have experienced while diving. The boat had to surf the waves to get past the reef. After surfacing from the dive, the boat would not be far away but I lost sight of it due to swells.
  3. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: One kilometer high on the Texas Central Plains
    I suppose that kind of weather is always a risk. It sounds like that Op shouldn't have gone out at all. I was there for a week in June 2004. The conditions were perfect every day, but the captain was the worst I've ever experienced. Ops have to do business to stay in business and sometimes they hire people who really should have been grounded.
  4. Streydog

    Streydog Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: DFW, TX
    I was impressed how the captain and crew were able to handle the conditions. Everyone had to remove their BCD and they got each diver on the boat one at a time. The reason I commented was to express that conditions are not always that same.
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  5. Scraps

    Scraps ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Florida
    Regarding the upward trend in ages of both divers and diver fatalities:

    Too many divers of all ages don't take dive medical screenings and physicals seriously. Either they check "no" where they should check "yes" because "no" means a trip to the doctor, a co-pay, and maybe a hassle before they get to take the course they want, or they take the form to a doctor who knows nothing about diving.

    Some years ago, I took a dive physical form to my primary care manager. He admitted he knew nothing about diving and asked me what mattered.

    "Well, breathing issues would be bad. Seizures would be bad. Meds that make you sleepy could be bad. Stuff like that."

    "That makes sense, " he replied as he signed the form. "Here you go."

    At the time, that was the outcome I wanted.

    Over time, I realized that divers are supposed to be better at risk management than that.

    Now I go to a dive physician who is not in my network (which means I pay most of the cost out of pocket), fully disclose my medical history, and let him discuss my risk profile and render an opinion. I owe that level of prudence to my wife.

    If you're a DAN member, you can call and get a list of physicians in your area who know something about diving. And if you're not a DAN member? Join.
  6. Kay Dee

    Kay Dee Contributor

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: East of Woodstock, West of Vietnam
    If your a DAN member? If your not a DAN member? Exactly, JOIN.

    Unless one has suplementary insurance that covers what DAN does, I'd go so far as to say anyone travelling (internationally) diving would be a fool to do so without it. A chamber ride and / or an evac flight does not come cheap!

    I know I never left home without it. I had other insurance I used on the couple of bends treatments I took, but also having that DAN insurance just made me feel warm and fuzzy all over to. :cheers:
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  7. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    They had not lost sight of you though.

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