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Are Some Snorkels and Snorkel Masks Death Traps?

concern for the safety of snorkelers in Hawaii

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Between 2003 and 2012, 102 visitors drowned snorkeling, compared to 13 residents, and safety advocates are wondering why so many more visitors die snorkeling in Hawaii than local residents. One answer: their snorkels are unsafe.

Dr. Philip Foti, an Oahu pulmonary medicine physician, is developing a "gadget" to test different types of snorkel tubes to see which ones create the most resistance while breathing through them. He says that snorkel companies have added new "doodads" to the tubes over the years -- mostly aimed at keeping water out -- but they may have an unintended consequence....

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