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Singapore doctor dead - Bali

Discussion in 'Accidents and Incidents' started by DandyDon, Sep 9, 2017.

  1. Kevrumbo

    Kevrumbo Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: South Santa Monica Bay/Los Angeles California, USA
    And so the accident scenario plays out as reported by the dive guide:
    . . .they were about 20m deep when she gestured for help. The dive leader led her to the surface, but she was unconscious by then. . .

    As the victim is lapsing into unconsciousness, AGE would likely then occur on the ascent.
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2017
  2. PygmySeahorse

    PygmySeahorse Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Bali
    It's also a very good place to spot mola-mola (oceanic sunfish) and WAY less crowded than Crystal Bay - because of heavy surge, and strong currents, including whirlpools, and both down and up currents.
  3. Scubamat

    Scubamat Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Darwin
    Padang Bai blue Lagoon is a relatively easy dive but I don't have much comparison didn't notice much in the way of surge and current. We did get warned of the potential for surge and current and to stick close to the guide and not wander off. This doesn't seem to be a factor. Blue Lagoon was the second dive of the day both times I went, so might be factor.
  4. Dan_T

    Dan_T Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Texas
  5. Dan_T

    Dan_T Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Texas
    We don't know how fast the ascent rate was. It would be interesting to see their dive computers' dive profile during emergency ascent on how fast the ascent rate was.

    When the deceased diver gesturing for help, basically in panic mode, would it be possible that she was holding her breath while being pulled up to the surface?

    May be the better course of action for the dive leader would be to calm her down in place, check her gas or any equipment failure. If she had breathing problem, replaced her 2nd stage with his octopus, instead of dragging her up in a hurry.
  6. Jack Hammer

    Jack Hammer Solo Diver

    Where have you seen it stated she panicked or was dragged up in a hurry?
  7. Dan_T

    Dan_T Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Texas
    From my wild imagination. I'm thinking if I were her, having a chest pain underwater, I might do that. A concerned rescue diver would rush me up.
  8. charlier

    charlier Marine Scientist

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Seattle/Singapore
    I live in Singapore and commute to Bali - I have yet to hear a first-hand description or reliable account of the accident. Without reliable information, it seems me that we are all speculating without data. In late May, I teach a coral reef diversity class at Blue Lagoon. Depending on the direction of the swell, its nice site to teach and OW or refresher class. From my distant memory, at 20m depth conditions vary from sandy bottom with coral bommies and rocks. Nearby by is a drop-off to about 30m.
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  9. Dan_T

    Dan_T Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Texas
    The video (link below) is not too clear, but the message above is clear. Stay calm.

    I was lucky enough to experience it while working on my yard (feeling weak with cold sweat & short of breath), not while diving. If I was diving, I would probably be dead too.

  10. Kay Dee

    Kay Dee Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Here, there, and everywhere
    As another poster said, much of what happened in the accident in question seems to be speculation, but the above is not, it is just very good sound advice in any similar situation for any dive 'leader', dive 'buddy / companion' or even an instructor; whether the one in distress is a he or a she (that 'starts out / begins' as this accident / fatality is reported to have done).

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