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Cave diver death in Budapest, Hungary

Discussion in 'Accidents and Incidents' started by ElChe, Sep 21, 2011.

  1. ElChe

    ElChe Barracuda

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    On 21st of September a 37 years old man died in Budapest in the Molnar Janos cave. (This a 6 kilometers long warm water cave system in the heart in the capital of Hungary.) There were six qualified cave in the group, the report says it was an exploration dive. The maximum depth was about 45 meters and bottom time was 90 minutes. Just after surfacing one of the divers told to his buddies he didn't feel well. He collapsed but the other divers helped him out of the cave and started resuscitation immediately. The professional medical help arrived in few minutes but after 45 minutes he was pronounced dead. The Hungarian supervisory body suspended all the dives in the cave until the end of the investigation.
     
  2. BBD

    BBD Angel Fish

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    Has there been any follow up of this?
     
  3. ElChe

    ElChe Barracuda

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    Now it seems the cause of the death was air embolism (the autopsy found its signs in the heart and brain). The divers who visit the cave regularly says it's very strange because of the dive profile. The victim was certified cave diver and a chain smoker. The diving is still banned in the cave.
     
  4. a22shady

    a22shady Loggerhead Turtle

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    Really sorry to hear that. Sounds like it may have been one of those weird things. No rapid ascent nothing abnormal or that went wrong with the dive? Do you know they aloted the proper amount of deco time.
     
  5. ElChe

    ElChe Barracuda

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    They dived the plan, nobody skip any decompression stops. The cave system doesn't allow making rapid ascents, the last section is a long shallow passage. Until the collapse there weren't any problems during the dive as I know.
     
  6. Tessunderwater

    Tessunderwater Solo Diver

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    That's terrible, I wonder if the smoking could have been a major factor. Thoughts are with his family and friends.
     
  7. tamas970

    tamas970 Regular of the Pub

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    I know its an old story, just found some updates.

    Critical sentence (a friend of mine's clearer translation from hungarian):

    "One of the divers reported that the since victim has already had a decompression accident abroad, they oversecured the dive three fold."

    The fact, that the diver was a heavy smoker speaks for a lot of carbon monoxide and other BS in his blood that might srcew up the decompression and OXTOX models as well.:(

    Lesson learned: DON'T smoke and dive!

    Or another: the tobacco effect.
     
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2013

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