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Diver Drowns in Training Accident

An experienced British diver drowned last week during deep water training at a scuba diving center that has already been the scene of numerous fatalities.

The diver, whose name has not been released, reportedly had trouble in an exercise meant to improve deep diving skills at the British National Diving Center in Leicestershire. Four other divers also risked decompression sickness by bringing the diver to the surface at a speed that could have been fatal to them, reports say. Even with their efforts, the fallen diver was transported and pronounced dead at Leicester Royal Infirmary.

The four divers who brought the victim to the surface did actually sustain injuries from decompression sickness, also known as the bends, and were airlifted to hospital by an RAF Sea King helicopter. As the police began their investigation, officials reported that the four divers were recovering.

Reports say the group came from a Derbyshire diving school, which sits on a 13-acre rock quarry site that became a training ground for commercial divers before they go out to the North Sea. The facility offers depths up to about 220 feet. And at least one diver has drowned each year since the center opened in 1978.

Deep sea diving is a dangerous hobby – or profession. With so many variables that make it risky each and every time an individual goes beneath the surface, there is a possibility of mistakes made by others that can be fatal.

In the event of an accident, knowing who’s at fault and their responsibilities is essential. The Doan Law Firm, P.C. has extensive experience in water injury and drowning death litigation. For more information, contact The Doan Law Firm, P.C. today.  

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