Posted by ADS on January 29, 2001 at 02:56:52:
In Reply to: He's dead Jim... posted by seahunt on January 28, 2001 at 18:59:28:
It is estimated that over two million U.S. citizens participate in scuba diving and that they make over 18 million dives yearly. There is an average of about 100 deaths per year diving, giving a risk of about 1 per 180,000 dives. This figure looks even better when you consider that about 40% of these deaths were in fact coincidental medical events that occurred while diving. The act of scuba diving does compound the problem of rescue and drowning but can not be blamed for the divers coronary heart disease, asthma or diabetes. This is why there is such an emphasis on medical fitness for diving.
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