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January 1999 Vol. 14, No. 1   RSS Feed for Undercurrent Issues
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Sherwood Cries Foul

from the January, 1999 issue of Undercurrent   Subscribe Now

Is there a problem with the Sherwood SRB5300 Magnum regulator?

The German diving magazine Tauchen reported in its test of the SRB5300 Magnum that the unit’s dry air bleed system could malfunction, causing insufficient air to reach the user. It concluded that the regulator was dangerous and was the probable cause of two diving deaths. Sherwood called the magazine’s comments “reckless and unfounded.”

Sherwood claims to have duplicated Tauchen’s test. After disabling the dry air bleed system, Sherwood noted a “lesser but adequate amount of air for breathing.”

Sherwood said it has produced “hundreds of thousands of scuba regulators with the dry air bleed system,” which had “proven reliable worldwide in millions of dives in everything from sport to extreme conditions.”

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