We are reviewing our list of fatal accidents on rebreathers, with a view to publishing it this year. The has a table listing all accidents we can trace, and a section containing the facts we know about the accident, including reference to the report.
The reason we are doing this work is to check that each of the plausible causes of each accident are handled by the Open Revoution designs, as part of its safety review, if it is within the ALARP principle to do so. That is, it is a genuine effort to learn from past errors. It will be published so all RB manufacturers can use this.
There are some accidents we know happened, where we are short on details.
We would much appreciate PMs from those on this forum with any information on these. They are:
Cis-Lunar Accidents. We have 4 but see reports of 5. We have:
1994 Ian Rolland, Cis Lunar Mk4, Type: Cave diving. Location: San Augustin, Huautla Cave System, Probable Cause: Diver was a diabetic, and forgot to bring chocolate. Diver passed out on rebreather as a result.
Reference: "Beyond the Deep", W. Stone and B. Ende, ISBN 0-446-52709-2
1998 Dr Henry W. Kendall, Wakula 2. Cis-Lunar Mk5 Cause: unknown, but likely hypoxia as O2 was reportedly turned off. Reference: Wrolf's Wreck - Cautionary Tales
7th Aug 1999, Peter Osbourne. Cis-Lunar Mk5P. Reference: Wrolf's Wreck - Cautionary Tales
16th September 2001 Eric Reichardt, Florida, Cis-Lunar Mk5P. Probable cause: shark attack on diver who then lost mouthpiece and drowned. Reference: ScubaBoard - View Single Post - Expert: Shark attack and
ScubaBoard - View Single Post - Expert: Shark probably killed diver.
We are looking for information on the 5th accident, if there was a 5th accident.
Inspo Accident. We are missing several Inspo/Evo accidents. One in particular: there was a fatal accident in the Clyde in summer of 2000 by a team planning a dive on HMS Dasher. We cannot find the details, even after checking lifeboat station records, but remember it clearly as it occurred just after our own Dasher expedition: a diver was on deco, then just disappeared. Details of name, location, etc greatly appreciated.
Meg Accidents. We are short on information. We had a list of 9 but lost it on a multiple disk crash on two servers due to lightning disturbance. In reconstructing this, searching the internet we see reference to 14 accidents and cannot find the five missing, if they are missing. Please PM all Meg accidents you know of. We would rather sift through 100 PMs than have patchy data.
We have only one accident on a RB80 clone, but on our list lost on the two servers, we had 6. Any details please.
Finally, there is one Halcyon Fridge accident (the only one, we are aware of), on which more info is needed.
Incidentally, our tally is 83.