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Provisional report on diving-related fatalities in Australian waters 2008.
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PMID:  23508659     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
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.
John Lippmann; Douglas Walker; Chris Lawrence; Andrew Fock; Thomas Wodak; Richard Harris; Scott Jamieson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Diving and hyperbaric medicine : the journal of the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society     Volume:  43     ISSN:  1833-3516     ISO Abbreviation:  Diving Hyperb Med     Publication Date:  2013 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-03-19     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101282742     Medline TA:  Diving Hyperb Med     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  16-34     Citation Subset:  IM    
Executive Director of Divers Alert Network (DAN) Asia-Pacific, and is a PhD candidate at James Cook University, P O Box 384, Ashburton VIC 3147, Australia, Phone: +61-(0)3-9886-9166, Fax: +61-(0)3-9886-9155, E-mail:
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