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Buoyancy Cell Failure Causes Diver Fatality

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There have been contradictory reports concerning the cause of the death of Australian Andrew Kilbride, 49 while undertaking technical dive training in the Batangas of the Philippines in May.

However, the one fact consistently reported is that the buoyancy cell of his diver's wing detached, causing an out-of-control ascent.

We suspect that it must have become detached at the lower edge, meaning that it was inverted above his head, making it impossible for him to dump air. We cannot understand how this could have happened if he was using back-mounted cylinders, since the wing is normally sandwiched between the diver (usually with a backplate) and his tanks....


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