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Posted by Elaine on July 10, 2005 at 18:47:02:

In Reply to: Scuba Diving accident Lawyer posted by Fiona on July 09, 2005 at 22:38:40:

This is a good reminder for everyone to keep your diving insurance up to date. It can be invaluable at a time of unanticipated diving related medical expense.

I send my deepest condolances to you Fiona. A diving accident like this is tragic. I suspect that what you are really looking for are answers to why. Why my sister, why this accident, etc.

At depths of 100 feet it is a physiologic fact that air tanks run out of air a whole lot faster than they do at 20 feet. One of the things that divers learn from experience is how fast they consume air at different depths. It takes a lot of dives to really get a good grasp on this. New divers are also the most succeptable to panic - experienced ones still feel it on occasion but we learn to think our way through it to avoid incidents such as this.

If you can seek out an experienced and undeerstanding dive instructor I think that they could help you to understand what happened better. Statistically, very few diving accidents are equipment related. It is almost always diver error. New divers are like kids - usually we grow up safely and somehow miss the pitfalls. This sounds like a pitfall.

I hope that this helped at least in some small way. I am truely sorry and don't know what else to say. I send you my prayers and sincerest wishes that your journey through this is blessed with personal strength and the comfort of friendship.

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