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British diver found dead - Talay Songhong park, Thailand

Discussion in 'Accidents and Incidents' started by DandyDon, Dec 22, 2019.

  1. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

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    British diver dies in Nakhon Si Thammarat
     
  2. InTheDrink

    InTheDrink DIR Practitioner

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    Better description

    British cave-diver dies in Thailand - Divernet

    translation from other diver from FB

    Today after I got up from 70 meters of diving with another 2 students at around 14:30

    I've noticed a security diving device (CCR) Yellow box floating on the surface. At First, I understand that teacher Roger would have left it out. When he looked around, he found that teacher Roger fainted with his arms. The appearance was decked out, no mask on the face and didn't get it. Breathing system

    After being turned over to check me out, I ran to pick up the phone to ask for help and ran to inform the elders. The nearby house, there was a kid around the area saying that he floated up about almost 1 hours, then in the middle of the water and then floating in. The kids around the area thought you were sleeping in the water.

    After that, the leaders of the community are already holding. The Elders of the house have given people to block the area to wait for the police officer.

    Teacher Roger came to dive at two seas. A different group and I arrived at the two sea park area before I was about 1 hours, and he was diving at around 12:30 PM.

    In Thung Yai District, there is a hotel where the diver likes to stay at 1 places where I meet teacher Roger at that hotel, and last night we also have dinner together.

    When the police officer came to interrogate me as an eyewitness, and the first responders, the police have asked for my help as a witness.

    The Police officer asked me to click on the record of teacher Roger's diving computer, and I found that he had dive into a depth of 117 meters with a security diving system (CCR) and went up to the surface quickly in 47 minutes after that.

    The control computer is still working. There is a 1th battery alarm, but there is still a battery set at 2 working on the oxygen gas that is connected to the system. There are 0 Bars left and the air that uses dilute (diluent) in the system is about 20 bars. I guess the oxygen is out of stock because the device is trying to inject oxygen into the system to maintain the sub-Pressure (Set Point Po2). The air section that is used to dilute (diluent) has been connected from the external tank.

    After that, the police have invited me to investigate at the large field police station as a witness and expert. I have provided technical feedback composed.

    Teacher Roger used to be the owner of the dive shop at the cuddle th. Called Aquanaut and used to be padi course director, teaching diving teachers for tens of years. You have also become a technical diving instructor, especially diving with CCTV and cave diving.

    I'm not very close to teacher Roger, but all I know is that you are a good person, very cute, humble, and like to exchange diving knowledge when you meet.

    I would like to express my condolences to teacher Roger Smith's family and may this event be a lesson for everyone to be more careful in diving.
     
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  3. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

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  5. Hiszpan

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  6. BlueTrin

    BlueTrin DIR Practitioner

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    Article from the Daily Mail

    https://mol.im/a/7822185

    The article implies that the diver rushed to the surface as the rebreather couldn’t adjust the quantity of helium and he was running out of O2.

    I do not have experience of CCR but I was under the impression that divers carry a bailout so they can switch and surface in case it goes wrong ?
     
  7. Hiszpan

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    I was told some don't, as the amount of bailouts needed to safely get back to surface from some longer dives exceeds their "acceptable" level of practicality. Never witnessed it myself, never dove CCR, but I could see it happen...
     
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  8. Apecks

    Apecks Master Instructor

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    There are a lot of inaccuracies and all those reports above. A two man team were diving song hong cave to a planned depth of 150m having previously placed bailouts and conducted other dives. One on a AP inspiration and one on both a Revo and triton CCR. Both experienced cave divers and with deceased also been a very experienced tech instructor. Team got seperated at depth with one member conducting the dive and deco and the deceased making a faster than planned ascent from 114m and ascending directly to the surface from approx 10-15m. Reason yet to be ascertained. Unconfirmed rumours locally of out of date cells, running out of o2 and carbon monoxide poisoning all yet to be proven.
     
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  9. Hiszpan

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    Thanks for the information. To me it's still intriguing why after they separated one of them continued the dive as normal and also why such a fast ascent to surface if deco bottles were available on the way. Let's hope for some answers.
     
  10. Apecks

    Apecks Master Instructor

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    Not sure why they separated and I am sure that will come out in the enquiry. Yeah sure I hear you on the bailouts and cannot rationalise that myself. I do know that the other team member brought them all out on ascent, been unaware of situation on the surface.
     

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