Thinking out loud about the history of Diver fatalities

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Posted by divinotter on February 02, 2006 at 17:58:02:

Okay, it all started because I saw a post about the Moody- I didnít know what it was so I looked it up. Iíve got to put some questions in or remain ignorant. So, in one post about the Moody it mentioned that it is only second to Farnsworth Banks in Fatalities. Fatalities??? Iíve only been diving five years with a few hundred dives, but I thought I was more up on things than that. Iíve dove Farnsworth several times. I actually sometimes skip it for breakfast since I know itís cold. But all this time, it never occurred to meÖ fatalities? I know people die at Casino Point. I know people die on the Yukon. I know people die in the swimming pool for that matter. But it never occurred to me that people may have died in most places Iím diving. It makes me wonder Ė not ghoulishly mind you- but quizzically, how many people have died in what places? Is there statistics on that? And should people be made to read them in advanced courses? I know beginners are nervous enough and it would be foolish to put ideas like that into their heads. But, wouldnít it make people really respect their limits if they know, not just someone could die, but has died in a certain place? I know the last thing most people, including me would like to have in my head before a dive is that someone passed away in this spot- not good for tourism or anything else, but I know that now Iíll just double check my redundancies one more time before jumping into the ocean off Farnsworth. I do it anyway- but next time, Iíll mean it. I guess my whole point is, shouldnít we learn from something like this locally? Dan has a section on dive accidents and goes through the problems and how they could have avoided them, and I know there are others. I think there may be something like it in Calif. Diving News. It sometimes seems far away, like Iím not likely to be ice diving. So, are there any local statistics or local information on things that happened in a particular site and how to avoid them?

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