Provisional report on diving-related fatalities in Australian waters 2005.

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Provisional report on diving-related fatalities in Australian waters 2005.

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Title: Provisional report on diving-related fatalities in Australian waters 2005.
Author: Walker, D; Lippmann, J; Lawrence, CL; Fock, A; Wodak, T; Jamieson, S
Abstract: Introduction: An individual case review of diving-related deaths reported as occurring in Australia in 2005 was conducted as part of the DAN Asia-Pacific dive fatality reporting project. Method: The case studies were compiled using reports from witnesses, the police and coroners. In each case, the particular circumstances of the accident and details from the post-mortem examination, where available, are provided. Results: In total, there were 24 reported fatalities, comprising four females and 20 males. Fourteen deaths occurred while snorkelling and/or breath-hold diving, nine while scuba diving, and one while using surface-supply breathing apparatus. Four deaths from large marine animal attacks were recorded. Once again, cardiac-related issues were thought to have contributed to some deaths: five snorkel divers and at least two but possibly up to four scuba divers. Three of the deaths in breath-hold divers were likely to have been associated with apnoeic hypoxia blackout. Conclusions: Pre-existing medical conditions, trauma from marine creatures and snorkelling or diving alone were features in several deaths in this series.
Description: The Journal of the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society (Incorporated in Victoria) A0020660B and the European Underwater and Baromedical Society
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/10060
Date: 2010

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