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Nanaimo Snake Island fatality

Discussion in 'Accidents and Incidents' started by Canuk Fan, Oct 11, 2013.

  1. Canuk Fan

    Canuk Fan Garibaldi

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  2. vancouverdiver

    vancouverdiver Nassau Grouper

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  3. Divegoose

    Divegoose Divemaster

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    The incident happened on the wall, and not on the wrecks.
     
  4. themagni

    themagni Barracuda

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    160 - 250 feet? Is that the news getting it wrong?
     
  5. sunnyboy

    sunnyboy Instructor, Scuba

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    Those depths are probably correct. You can go deeper, but there is a large shelf at 250 ft.
     
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  6. ibj40

    ibj40 Divemaster

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    And the significance of this is?

    Seems like a pretty deep profile, regardless of the location.

    The question is whether they were prepared to make this dive, and what went wrong.
     
  7. Chilly_Dipper

    Chilly_Dipper Nassau Grouper

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    There are a number of re breather people that go that deep on a regular basis here on the island. By the sounds of it these guys weren't using re breathers though. This is well beyond the range of normal air and would require trimix to accomplish safely.

    ---------- Post added October 12th, 2013 at 02:20 AM ----------

    Personally to do this dive I would say back gas of Trimix, Travel gas of air, and finally at least 1 bottle of 50% for deco purposes. Not a trivial dive to say the least.
     
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  8. wedivebc

    wedivebc CCR Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Snake Island wall is commonly used as a training area for tech diving due to the fast drop off and easy navigation (all upward slopes lead to the Island).
    I don't know anything about the divers involved but I do know enough about the dive charter operator to know they would be very unlikely to knowingly let someone do that type of dive off their boat without proper training and equipment.
     
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  9. Ironmike515

    Ironmike515 Angel Fish

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    Location: Edmonton
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    Said the charter had divers from Washington state and that they were there to do extremely deep dives.
     
  10. Shearwater

    Shearwater Dive Equipment Manufacturer

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