Re: Near Misses - a personal experience

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Posted by AADIVER on May 10, 2001 at 08:17:44:

In Reply to: JStone's post re: Near Misses posted by (Eins) on May 10, 2001 at 07:55:42:

Bell Island, Newfoundland, July 1998. Diving in 38 degree water on a WW II wreck. With a buddy but separated. Removed porthole in 90 fsw. Regulator free flowed (not cold water prepped). Began ascent breathing from pony reg. Dry suit exhaust valve clogged by heavy undergarment. With porthole clutched in left arm, pulled open neck seal with right hand to vent air. Slowed ascent, no safety stop, both tanks dry at the surface. Lessons learned: prep regs, wear proper undergarments. An example of self-rescue; a rescue that would have failed had I not had the skills of self-rescue and a lot of experience. AT NO TIME WOULD A BUDDY HAVE BEEN OF ANY LIFE SAVING ASSISTANCE.
Question: of our 16 local solo fatalities in the last 17 months, how many of them were within the first 100 fsw and how many were deeper than 100 fsw?

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