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    Recent Rebreather Fatalities

    The rebreather diving world got a little smaller in the last couple of weeks with the deaths of three divers in separate accidents. Gene White, Paul Blanchette and Carl Spencer represented the entire spectrum of our community from relatively new to highly experienced, to fully professional rebreather divers. Itís a natural reaction to attempt to insulate ourselves from the events of an accident and think that we would never find ourselves in a similar situation or make similar choices. Playing the guessing game does little good until investigations are complete and more information becomes public. In many cases, this information may take years to unfold. Respect for family privacy, interviews with witnesses, investigations by law enforcement, autopsies and possible product liability issues all add up to significant information lag.

    So where can we find comfort in the event of a loss of a close friend, dive buddy or member of our small community? Remember the best times, recall their excellent training, revel in their experiences and celebrate their accomplishments. Then realize they got the same training you did. They took the same precautions and applied diligence to their activities. Rebreather diving is dangerous. So in their memory, bring your very best to every day of diving. Examine risks carefully and do everything you can to stay on top of your game.

    See attached photo: Paul Blanchette and I enjoy Rebreather Week Dominican 2006

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    Re: Recent Rebreather Fatalities

    Quote Originally Posted by RebreatherPro.com  View Original Post
    The rebreather diving world got a little smaller in the last couple of weeks with the deaths of three divers in separate accidents. Gene White, Paul Blanchette and Carl Spencer represented the entire spectrum of our community from relatively new to highly experienced, to fully professional rebreather divers. Itís a natural reaction to attempt to insulate ourselves from the events of an accident and think that we would never find ourselves in a similar situation or make similar choices. Playing the guessing game does little good until investigations are complete and more information becomes public. In many cases, this information may take years to unfold. Respect for family privacy, interviews with witnesses, investigations by law enforcement, autopsies and possible product liability issues all add up to significant information lag.

    So where can we find comfort in the event of a loss of a close friend, dive buddy or member of our small community? Remember the best times, recall their excellent training, revel in their experiences and celebrate their accomplishments. Then realize they got the same training you did. They took the same precautions and applied diligence to their activities. Rebreather diving is dangerous. So in their memory, bring your very best to every day of diving. Examine risks carefully and do everything you can to stay on top of your game.

    See attached photo: Paul Blanchette and I enjoy Rebreather Week Dominican 2006

    Jill Heinerth
    Thanks Jill, Paul was a great guy and a very competent rebreather diver. He will be missed by many.

    I recognize Patti in the pic is that Kim with the scrunched up face?
    Cheers,

    Dave....

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    Re: Recent Rebreather Fatalities

    very good post, thanks!

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    Re: Recent Rebreather Fatalities

    Thanks for the post, Jill.

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    Re: Recent Rebreather Fatalities

    Treat every CCR dive like it may be your last...that's what I do.

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    Re: Recent Rebreather Fatalities

    Very true words. My Instructor told me to tell myself: "this thing is trying to kill me." 3 years and 3 friends gone on the machines of wizardry. Makes me think quite a bit.

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    Re: Recent Rebreather Fatalities

    Quote Originally Posted by rigdiver  View Original Post
    Very true words. My Instructor told me to tell myself: "this thing is trying to kill me." 3 years and 3 friends gone on the machines of wizardry. Makes me think quite a bit.
    Quite true. We cannot be too careful when diving RBs.

    Let me site a phrase from Mel's "Rebreathers Simplified":
    "Don't get a false sense of security, there is not one rebreather out there that has our health or best interests at heart".

    ken chung ar

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    Re: Recent Rebreather Fatalities

    Sad loss. thanks for the post Jill....scott.

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    Re: Recent Rebreather Fatalities

    Well said Jill.

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