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Belize Diving Death; Always Test Your Air

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While divers know to analyze their nitrox before a dive, they may not think it important to analyze compressed air. But, with operations producing all sorts of mixes these days, one should analyze both nitrox and air.

This was borne out by an incident in Belize on June 14 when two nitrox divers became ill during a benign 60-foot dive. Initial reports tell that the Belizean divemaster leading the group was recovered by a woman in the group breathing straight air, who successfully administered CPR at the surface. The other diver, a US citizen, appears to have made an uncontrolled ascent leading to embolism and death after he became unwell at depth. He sank back down from the surface to the seabed....

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