Re: Tegner's Report /weights

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Posted by Ken Kurtis on February 13, 2001 at 12:31:09:

In Reply to: Re: Tegner's DDRC Final Report (long) posted by shark-92107 on February 13, 2001 at 11:39:59:

I personally don't think you can say any ONE thing is the sole cause of this tragedy. But one item did catch my attention.

I have stood on the sopabox for many years about spoken of the dangers of diving over-weighted and how it can be a factor in a scuba accident. So I was especially troubled to read:

"The decedent was diving with 40.5 pounds of weight in her buoyancy control system. When the recovery team attempted to bring her system to the surface, they orally inflated the system to it's fullest capacity. The system remained on the ocean floor and had to be physically propelled to the surface."

Please, folks, do weight checks every now and then to insure that you're not diving over-weighted. It just makes it that much more difficult (and tiring) to solve problems should they occur.

Ken Kurtis
NAUI Instr. #5936
Co-owner, Reef Seekers Dive Co.
Beverly Hills, Ca.

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