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Panic Kills Too Many Divers

be aware that loss of control is a killer

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James Tuttle had only recently joined the diving liveaboard MV Royal Evolution, operating between Egypt and Sudan, as a dive guide, when he asked a passenger who had been on similar trips to guide him around inside the wreck of the Umbria, a wartime Italian passenger liner scuttled in Port Sudan. It was a night dive, and in the darkness, things did not go as planned.

That passenger later wrote, "One wrong turn was all it needed. My heart raced as I suddenly realized the implications; that my lifeless body might only be recovered long after I ran out of anything to breathe. What an awful feeling it is when you realize you are trapped inside a wreck at night. You can get disorientated and lost so easily. Everywhere I looked was familiar except that it seemed that whatever direction I swam, I was confronted by an impenetrable bulkhead....

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