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September 2012    Download the Entire Issue (PDF) Available to the Public Vol. 27, No. 9   RSS Feed for Undercurrent Issues
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The Mouthpiece Retainer

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Though it's not the trigger, the primary cause of death in most rebreather fatalities is drowning. Some of these fatalities might have been prevented if the diver had used a retainer to secure his mouthpiece. Full-face masks and retainer straps have long been the standard in military diving, and they were also a key recommendation from the Rebreather Forum 2 in 1996. While full masks are not very suitable to sport diving, retaining straps have the potential of saving lives.

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