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South Devon fatality - UK

Discussion in 'Accidents and Incidents' started by DandyDon, Jun 18, 2017.

  1. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: One kilometer high on the Texas High Plains
    Man dies after diving off South Devon coast
  2. NYCNaiad

    NYCNaiad Hilariously absurd divebabble Staff Member

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: NYC
    I'm surprised. The news report actually sounds reasonable in describing the accident.

    And to go down to a depth of 262 feet is no joke. I haven't been diving in Devon or the UK for that matter, but it looks like the area has a big diving presence with a dive club & a huge number of dive sites.

    I wonder why the "Salcombe RNLI all weather lifeboat proceeded to the scene to assist the vessel in recovering the remaining divers and escort it back to the shore." Is this standard procedure?
  3. rivers

    rivers PADI Pro

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Bristol, UK
    The UK in general has a massive diving community. I know of at least 4 dive clubs in my city alone (medium sized, about 500,000 people). And there are hundreds of dives sites off the entirety of the south coast, ranging in depth from 3m to 75m+. Not too mention the other coasts, Scotland, Ireland, the Channel, and inland sites...
  4. Rhone Man

    Rhone Man Divemaster

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: British Virgin Islands
    UK suffers a disproportionately high number of diving fatalities because there is (proportionately) a lot more tech diving and lot more rebreather diving. Throw in the fact that conditions are sometimes harsh (low viz, high currents) and a lot of it involves wreck penetrations, then just by the law of averages, bad things will happen from time to time.

    My experience has been that "diving news" in the UK is much less sanitised than other places. So even in the glossy magazines in the airports, you get pretty frank articles discussing diving fatalities and what went wrong. One of the net results is that it does mean that journalists tend to be much better informed about the diving accidents.
  5. fsardone

    fsardone Rebreather Pilot

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Rome, Italy
    I was diving in Plymouth last weekend, and at the time of the incident I was completing the second dive of the day.
    The only thing I can add is that weather was as good as it can get and sea state was calm. Cannot say much about slack but high tide was at 11:30, also last weekend we were on neap tide. So if he went to 80 meters and coast guard called at 1400 probably he entered water 90-100 minutes before that and hence dived at hight tide slack. So I would say environment was as good as you could hope for.


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