Scuba diving MISHAPS,Tragic fatal diving accident !

Diver films his own demise !!

Bone Chilling to watch as this diver sinks deeper and deeper to his Tragic Demise..Horrible !

The diver in this  video,a Russian named Yuri Lipski , lost his life and the footage ( because his video camera was on ) are the final moments before he drowned!! He was diving at the infamous Blue Hole in Dahab, Eqypt.

 This following video explains the situation and clarifies why it happened

It happens to the best of pros,and the worst of beginners,Diving doesnt matter how experienced or skillful you are in scuba diving , if things go wrong underwater,Murphy's law comes into play. But experience does make a tremendous difference in the outcome or resulting consequence..In recreational scuba diving,mishaps are commonly attributed to  equipment malfunction or extreme underwater environments.or a combination of factors similar in nature.

   Whether the outcome turn out  severe or in some cases fatal, or a complete opposite of it which is like a controlled emergency situation despite injury or trauma , if one can maintain an air of calm and handle the situation like how a pro is trained to do,then it does make a very big difference- life and death difference, no exaggeration.
   Sadly there are known to be cases where the incident is caused by ,of all silly things ,vanity, pride or ego of the victims.  Certain individuals feel , foolishly , that due to their many years and logged dives numbering in the hundreds or thousands,these people seem to think that they have a right to be reckless,even when they are in possesion of the facts that suggest the risks outweigh all else, but they feel their experience will see them through and they are perfectly capable of carrying out the risky dive- ignoring caution - overconfident of their own ability to handle things,which in many cases turns out badly.
    Many divers  have lost their lives doing that,throwing caution to the wind,especially certain dive instructors, arrogant and proud to an extent that they don't actually practice what they preach.
   Teaching safety in diving on one side and themselves doing the complete opposite in their personal diving profiles.Contradicting all they teach. Supremely cocky of their skills.
 In actual fact,instructors who really are good and capable are those who recognizes the limits and will not cross them for anything. These are the ones who truly are masters of their craft.because they have a very strong control over their common sense.And even when they are pushing their diving limitations,they will always have a contingency  if something fouls up.Always prepared for all eventuality,

  The highlighted video link here shows the last moments of a dive accident involving a instructor.
 who inadvertently filmed his own tragic end with his own camera  Tragically,it is surmised that if he had maintained his cool and rationalised things and applied problem solving,the fatal  tragedy may have been averted. He had jumped in the water too heavy and probably had equipment failure to make things worst. Unable to control his descent,he just dropped like an anchor and sank very rapidly onto a ledge at a depth of more than 100 metres(330 feet) 3 times beyond the limits of  air  diving  ...Panicked and disoriented,he may have lost his good judgment sense and just freaked out and frozed...The poor guy struggled till he suffocated till the very end , documented on his camera he was still clutching onto when they recovered his lifeless body !

Why diving beyond your fitness level and not properly controlling your buoyancy can be fatal.
Following is another account of another incident which involves a loss of  buoyancy comtrol..

SAM kicked with all his strength, but he wasn’t making much progress. He had dived down to try to  dislodge the boat''s anchor. .Without thinking,he made his way to the anchor and proceeded to free it by attempting to physically carry it to the sandy bed. So his group could move on to the next dive site . The anchor was heavy in his hands, and resticted his movement causing him to be off balanced underwater,. He was breathing really hard, but he just couldn’t get enough air from his regulator. He added air to his jacket-style BC thinking to offset the weight he had in his hands.The BCD jacket was nearly full and it pressed on his chest making it harder for him to breathe.Yet the weight of the anchor was heavy enough to keep him down.
 Then he let go of the anchor with one hand to pull down on his BC, but the weight caused it to slip, and go crashing back to the bottom, as he lost his grip. Almost instantly, he was rocketing for the surface totally out of control.
  Sam was an experienced diver who had worked  as a divemaster on a local dive boat. Always a little overweight, he had nonetheless been active and it had never been a problem. In the last year or so, a number of personal and physical problems had gotten in the way of his diving and his overall activity and exercise. His body weight shot up dramatically while his fitness level had decreased. His doctor recently prescribed high blood pressure and cholesterol medications and advised him to lose weight, explaining that he was obese .
 Sam was reluctant to begin a traditional exercise program, so he hadn’t done much to get in shape, but he knew he wanted to get back into diving. It was a stroke of luck that he  was in the dive shop having his gear serviced when the manager told him they needed some help on the boat that coming weekend., Sam  jumped at the chance to go diving again and feel like part of the team. He thought the activity would help get him back in shape quickly.

     It was a typical day on the boat with passengers going out for two wreck dives. It was up to the two divemasters to set the anchor at each new site and free it afterward. When they got to the site, the other divemaster had placed the anchor on the wreck, wrapping the heavy chain around the steel of the wreck to hold the anchor in place.
After all the divers were back on board, sam jumped in the water to make a quick dive, often referred to as a bounce, to free the anchor from the wreck. Once the captain realized the anchor was free, he would begin pulling it up, 

During his time away from the dive boat, the dive operation changed the anchor. It was heavier and a bit more awkward to control. The anchor was connected to a rope by a heavy chain. Since the other divemaster had taken the anchor down, the first time Sam had touched the anchor was when he was trying to get it free.But from his past experience, he felt confident he could handle the anchor.
As Sam donned his gear, he struggled to get his wetsuit on. He made a joke that it must have “shrunk” during his layoff. He was red-faced and breathing hard by the time he got his gear in place and entered the water. The wetsuit and the BCD were both noticeably tight around his chest and midsection.
Sam descended down the anchor line quickly and found the anchor. After a few minutes of struggle, he was able to get the heavy weight free.After adding air to his bcd. He found himself able to move, but at the same time the pressure on his chest made it harder and harder to draw a breath. sam was overbreathing his regulator, but the rapid shallow breaths were preventing him from actually moving fresh air into his lungs. He began to feel light-headed and dizzy.
He was about 10m off the bottom when he let go of the weight with one hand to adjust his equipment and ease the pressure on his chest. The heavy anchor slipped loose from his hand and the chain quickly ran through his fingers. The rapid change in his buoyancy immediately shot him toward the surface.
Louis surfaced about 25 yards away from the boat. He immediately began waving his arms over his head, and the crew heard a weak call of “Help!” before Sam went unconscious. Resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful.
Every diver has heard the line to “breathe continuously and never, ever hold your breath.” We all also learn that if we don’t follow that rule, we can hurt ourselves very badly and very quickly. There is no way of knowing if sam exhaled on the way up or not, but it really didn’t matter because his ascent to the surface was so fast — according to his dive computer, in just a few seconds he went from a depth of a little more than  10m to the surface. The air in his lungs expanded to nearly triple the volume in that same amount of time, much too rapidly for him to exhale. An autopsy later showed that he had significant amounts of air underneath his skin and in his arterial supply. The expanding air tore a hole in his lungs and leaked out into his body, entering his arterial blood supply. The bubbles went directly to his brain. This is called arterial gas embolism (AGE).
The cause of death in this case was the AGE, but the triggers that caused this accident began long before that. Sam was out of shape and not physically fit enough to do the dives he was attempting to make. He should have taken the time to prepare his body regardless of his past experience. He also hadn’t been in the water or used his dive gear in a year. A quick trip to a pool or a local lake/quarry to practice some of his emergency skills and get comfortable again would have helped him tremendously. Additionally, it would have become apparent to him that his gear didn’t fit properly before he tried to use it on the dive boat. It probably would not have made a difference, but his’ size also made it difficult for the others to pull him on board and begin providing care. That delayed first-aid treatment as they struggled to get him on board.
As he struggled to ascend to the surface, sam used his BC as a floatation device for the anchor. When he dropped the anchor, he was suddenly extremely buoyant and there was no way he could have vented air fast enough to counteract more than 40 pounds of additional lift he was facing. It is very unsafe to use your personal BC as a means to float a heavy weight. He should have used a small lift bag to bring the anchor to the surface or the dive operation should have given him a communication system to allow him to free the anchor and then let it go while the boat brought it to the surface with the winch, rather than him attempting to swim it up.
Lessons for life
  • Take a diving refresher after a long layoff from the water.
  • Make sure you are fit enough to make the dives you plan to make. A general level of fitness is essential to safe diving.
  • Use gear that fits well and is appropriate for the dive.
  • Use a lift bag to bring heavy objects from the bottom, not your BCD


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