Diving accident survey, 1946-1970, including 503 known fatalities

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Diving accident survey, 1946-1970, including 503 known fatalities

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Title: Diving accident survey, 1946-1970, including 503 known fatalities
Author: Schenck Jr, H; McAniff, J; Schenck, M-L; Schenck, H
Abstract: A group of 274 fatal diving accident cases from the years 1946-64, 1966-69 are analyzed and compared with the more complete data from the years 1965 and 1970. All three data groups give similar percentages of skin and scuba diving deaths, accident locations, and age groups of victims. There is some suggestion that older and female divers make up a greater percentage of the 1970 fatal census. Beginning divers make up a significantly larger proportion of the 1970 group (25%) when compared with the earlier data (13%). The great majority of cave diving fatalities involve equipment that is totally inadequate to the environmental challenge, and this group of fatalities occur in deeper water. The majority of divers use, or attempt to use, the buddy system. A group of 24 fatal cases involving buddy-breathing are analyzed and show the weaknesses and problems with this method in deep water emergencies. various rescue failures are also discussed. Various types of accidents; boat run-downs, fish attacks, spear-gun accidents, and others are related to the total census. Equipment and investigation defects are also discussed.
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/9235
Date: 1972

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  • National Underwater Accident Data Center
    This is a collection of the National Underwater Accident Data Center, University of Rhode Island (URI) annual diving reports. John J. McAniff started collection of diving accident and fatality information in 1970.

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