Diver location devices.

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Title: Diver location devices.
Author: Davies, D
Abstract: Much has been written about the first aid and medical management of the injured diver, but the initial step in this management is to remove the diver from the source of injury, and this requires that first the diver must be found. There is little on this subject in the diving literature so most of the information needs to be gleaned from other sources. All too frequently divers become separated on the surface from either their companions or the dive boat. Many survivors later report that, although they could see the boat, they were unable to attract its attention. Numerous devices have been used in the past to rectify this situation including a torch, camera strobe, flares, coloured dye, the Safety Sausage, a whistle and a sonic beacon. All have proved of limited value. This paper classifies and compares some of these devices and makes suggestions for two cheap alternatives which should become part of a diver’s routine equipment and enable rescuers to locate a lost diver more rapidly.
Description: Journal of the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society.
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/5968
Date: 1998

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