DAN AP presents our monthly precis of serious incident calls to DAN AP – and most importantly – what we can learn from them. Sadly, DAN AP was also advised of two fatalities.
Solomon Islands: Diver suffered vertigo and severe vomiting whilst on a dive boat and was evacuated to Honiara for treatment. The diver underwent three recompression treatments with full resolution of symptoms. The diver flew home 3-days later and reported experiencing dizziness post flight. She was referred to the local chamber, but no further treatment was required. It was recommended that the diver undergo testing for a Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) or very small hole in the heart. Read more about PFO.
Indonesia (Manado): A diver, who conducted two dives earlier in the day, experienced an itchy blotchy rash on the abdomen and arms and an ache in his thighs, but otherwise felt ‘well’. Oxygen was not readily available and the chamber was closed. He was admitted to a hospital for oxygen administration overnight. When checked by a neurologist the next day all symptoms had gone. He waited three days before flying home and had no recurrence of symptoms
Sadly, DAN AP was also advised of two fatalities in Indonesia.
Komodo Island, Indonesia: 76-year-old female tourist who was diving in a group of five when she disappeared. The sea conditions were described as ‘big waves’ suggesting challenging conditions. The diver’s body was found four days later. No further information is available at this stage.
South Sulawesi, Pulau Kambing Island: 31-year-old male tourist who was diving in a group of three when they were hit by very strong downcurrent. The diver’s body was found later that day. No further information is available at this time.
Read DAN’s article: Beware of Dangerous Downcurrents.