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YouTube series "Ask a Mortician" covers cave diving deaths

Discussion in 'Advanced Scuba Discussions' started by dewdropsonrosa, Sep 22, 2017.

  1. CT-Rich

    CT-Rich Solo Diver

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    That bugged me too. Over all she did a pretty good job as a non-diver explanation.
     
  2. bada3003

    bada3003 Solo Diver

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    Yea, that's not saying too much but overall not bad. If she'd replaced nitrogen narcosis and respitory failure with detrimental effects of CO2, would have been pretty accurate.
     
  3. bada3003

    bada3003 Solo Diver

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    My guess is she took cavern, possibly intro which is in keeping with her account. Flippers, fins, who cares.
     
  4. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

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    I'm not Cave certified, but assume (having taken the basic Wreck course), you use reel & line. A warning to those venturing in without such probably should have been touched on.
    I would also assume that when she said a depth of 890' she meant 890 total feet from surface, not 890' deep....
     
  5. CT-Rich

    CT-Rich Solo Diver

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    She didn't sound like a diver, but she has certainly seen some of the death videos and knows people who recovered bodies. And let's not forget, she has probably seen a crap load of really beat up corpses. My guess is she heard a first hand account of a body recovery and it freaked her out. It certainly would me if I then had to prep the body for cremation or burial. No desire at all to ever be in a cave and realize you aren't going to make it out... it's a scary way to go.
     
  6. bada3003

    bada3003 Solo Diver

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    I don't remember the depth but 890' sounds about right. There's a book (a bit biased but quite readable) on Shaw's dive to retrieve a body that you can take a look. My trimix instructor used Shaw's dive as a case study in being mindful of CO2 retention. This applies to both CC and OC although in the former the detrimental effects are amplified. In the colorful youtube video, I found nitrogen narcosis and respitory failure, as the mortician described, to be the only real weaknesses in her otherwise reasonable account.
     
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  7. bada3003

    bada3003 Solo Diver

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    Could be. One other positive about the video clip is that she managed to refrain from describing cave diving as "the most dangerous" sport.
     

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