Provisional report on diving-related fatalities in Australian waters 2008

Lippmann, John, Lawrence, Christopher, Wodak, Thomas, Fock, Andrew, Jamieson, Scott, Walker, Douglas, and Harris, Richard (2013) Provisional report on diving-related fatalities in Australian waters 2008. Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine, 43 (1). pp. 16-34.

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Abstract

Introduction: An individual case review of diving-related deaths, reported as occurring in Australia in 2008, was conducted as part of the DAN Asia-Pacific dive fatality reporting project. Method: The case studies were compiled using reports from witnesses, the police and coroners. In each case, the particular circumstances of the accident and details from the post-mortem examination, where available, are provided. Results: In total, there were 19 reported fatalities (the same as for 2007), 17 involving males. Twelve deaths occurred while snorkelling and/or breath-hold diving,and six while scuba diving. One diver died while using surface-supply breathing apparatus. Two breath-hold divers appear to have died as a result of apnoeic hypoxia, at least one case likely associated with hyperventilation. Two deaths resulted from trauma: one from impact with a boat and the other from an encounter with a great white shark. Cardiac-related issues were thought to have contributed to the deaths of five snorkellers and at least two, possibly three, scuba divers. Conclusions: Trauma from a marine creature, snorkelling or diving alone, apnoeic hypoxia and pre-existing medical conditions were once again features in several deaths in this series.

Item ID: 33407
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1833-3516
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Funders: Divers Alert Network (DAN) Asia-Pacific
Date Deposited: 28 May 2014 04:59
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111705 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920405 Environmental Health @ 100%
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