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August 2015    Download the Entire Issue (PDF) Vol. 30, No. 8   RSS Feed for Undercurrent Issues
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Lessons Learned from Dead Divers

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Undercurrent contributor Ken Kurtis, owner of the dive operator Reef Seekers in Beverly Hills, CA, is also the scuba consultant to the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner. Ever year he leads the "Why Divers Die" panel at the big summer Scuba Show in Long Beach. Here is his summary of this year's panel.

We "only" had three fatalities in L.A. County last year, but two of them involved divers running out of air. Over-weighting further complicated the first fatality -- the diver ditched his weights, close to 50 pounds of lead, but he was still negative and sank -- and failure to ditch weights likely complicated the second fatality....


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