Cave Diving Fatality on Cozumel.

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Cave Diving Fatality on Cozumel.

Postby Cheryl Jones » Oct 20, 2011 3:34 pm

Report on Mexico Rebreather Fatality
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Our good friend and colleague, Michael Angelo Gagliardi has posted this first-hand report on the tragic loss of Brendan Lee Napier, during an explorartion dive in Cozumel.

Report on accident at Sisteme Cocodrilo
I am writing this today as a chosen representative of the Cocodrilo/Dos Coronas Exploration and Mapping Expedition. On Sun October 16 we had a member of our team (Brendan Lee Nappier) die during a survey dive in the Sisteme Cocodrilo System on the island of Cozumel. The team has asked me to post this report to prevent and dispel any misinformation or misconceptions of this tragic accident.

Read on
http://www.rebreatherpro.com/2011/10/re ... ality.html
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Re: Cave Diving Fatality on Cozumel.

Postby DeanWiseman » Oct 20, 2011 6:34 pm

Cheryl Jones wrote:The team has asked me to post this report to prevent and dispel any misinformation or misconceptions of this tragic accident.


Bad air. What a bummer. I was on Spring Break in college when two guys succumbed to bad air at Morrison Springs in Florida in 1989.
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Re: Cave Diving Fatality on Cozumel.

Postby Squirrel Girl » Oct 20, 2011 6:59 pm



Actually.... that was a repost. The original was here:
http://www.cavediver.net/forum/showthre ... -Cocodrilo

Farewell, Brendan. Agnes and Cameron are waiting for you and I hear it goes....
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Re: Cave Diving Fatality on Cozumel.

Postby batrotter » Oct 21, 2011 6:12 am

Bad air? Does this not border on criminal? You just don't get bad air accidentally. What are they doing, filling these tanks straight from a car's exhaust pipe?
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Re: Cave Diving Fatality on Cozumel.

Postby Squirrel Girl » Oct 21, 2011 6:22 am

batrotter wrote:Bad air? Does this not border on criminal? You just don't get bad air accidentally. What are they doing, filling these tanks straight from a car's exhaust pipe?


I was told that in Mexico, it the only basis for a criminal suit is if they KNOWING sold contaminated gas. If it's accidental, there's the possibility for a civil suit.
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Re: Cave Diving Fatality on Cozumel.

Postby wyandottecaver » Oct 21, 2011 4:39 pm

well we already knew the hazards of buying rope in Mexico, looks like buying air there is a dicey proposition too :yikes:
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Re: Cave Diving Fatality on Cozumel.

Postby Squirrel Girl » Oct 21, 2011 5:20 pm

wyandottecaver wrote:well we already knew the hazards of buying rope in Mexico, looks like buying air there is a dicey proposition too :yikes:


Or, in this case, nitrox. Bad gas can happen anywhere. Best to buy an analyzer and know for sure, each and every time.
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Re: Cave Diving Fatality on Cozumel.

Postby harrym » Oct 23, 2011 8:42 am

I mix my own gasses with my own compressor, and solo on the stuff, so I've been checking each and every cylinder for O2 and CO for years.
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