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Common Sense Lacking in Caymans? October 19, 2008

Posted by Chris Sullivan in Emergencies.
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Reported by CDNN a recent diver fatality of a guy my age in the Caymans quotes a local dive shop operator advocating dive operator profitability over implementation of safety policies, in particular having someone keeping watch on the boat while divers are in the water.

This doesn’t seem to have been a factor in this accident, as staff on board the board provided CPR to the man. It’s hard to say whether this was related to breathing compressed air or the exertion of swimming back to the boat. Another somewhat disturbing observation is that he was pronounced dead at the scene by the paramedics. Unless someone is obviously beyond hope (e.g. decapitated, post rigor-mortis, etc.) in Canada, only physicians may determine death.

A couple of things I take away from this. (1) Fitness is important for older divers. (2) Beware the Caymans. I’ve never been on a dive boat without a lookout, and never want to be either.

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