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A Tough Lesson to Learn from a Dive Tragedy

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It may be an extreme case, but it's one we can all learn from. Back in August 2012, Lex Warner was on the deck of the MV Jean Elaine, preparing to dive a wreck off Cape Wrath in northwest Scotland. A 50-year-old experienced recreational and technical diver, Warner had received his trimix certification three years prior and was a member of the "Dark Star," an informal but invitation-only group of experienced technical divers.

Ready to dive and seriously loaded with a trimix rebreather, two open-circuit bailout tanks, and the other paraphernalia required for such a deep, dark dive, Warner slipped and fell on the heaving deck of MV Jean Elaine. He was so loaded down, he could not get himself up. Skipper Andy Cuthbertson and deckhand Allan Stanger helped him to his feet. With mouthpiece in, Warner nodded he was OK. Minutes later, he was descending onto the wreck far below....

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