The salvage of the Wahine: an exercise in occupational medicine.

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Title: The salvage of the Wahine: an exercise in occupational medicine.
Author: Slark, AG
Abstract: In 1968, the inter-island ferry Wahine sank in the entrance to Wellington Harbour in a wild storm with the loss of 51 lives. Following a further storm, attempts to refloat the vessel were abandoned. This report, written over 30 years ago by Tony Slark as the diving medical consultant to the salvage operation, describes some of the medical aspects involved in the cutting up and clearing of the wreck between 1968 and 1973. It includes two detailed case descriptions of decompression sickness. From April 1970, Dr Slark introduced the SOS decompression meter to control all diving operations, with over 10,800 hours of diving time being completed without any further incidents of decompression sickness.
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/10174
Date: 2006

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