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Children die playing with scuba gear left in pool - Jensen Beach, Florida

Discussion in 'Accidents & Incidents' started by DandyDon, Apr 27, 2021.

  1. rjack321

    rjack321 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Port Orchard, Washington State
    This was a depressing thread to read.

    I have definitely stashed remnant or leftover 100% helium or other very hypoxic mix in an al80 or another cylinder with the intent of remixing it into something useful later. My own personal protocol is to use a DIN plug in that tank and put a special bit of painter's tape around the plug so the tank is especially unique. That is in addition to having the contents written on the crown. I don't have children around my garage or mixing station, nor do I have a pool.
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  2. MichaelMc

    MichaelMc Working toward Cenotes ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Berkeley, CA
    A reminder, for me, to breath each (breathable) tank on land predive as I get gas at places with helium and argon.

    This is heartbreaking. My condolences and prayers for the family and friends.
  3. RayfromTX

    RayfromTX Student Of Gas Mixology Staff Member ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Cozumel while the cruise ships are gone

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  4. Bob DBF

    Bob DBF Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: NorCal
    I agree not knowing the gas was a grave oversight, but I'm also not a fan of letting children use a pool unsupervised, regardless of their skill in the water.

    Grab ass and horseplay happen as well as accidents, and I don't have faith in the ability of children to restrain themselves or respond to an emergency properly. I've seen it happen, so I guess that gives me a skewed bias. Granted I have been called a dick for bringing it to the attention of "responsible" adults having a good time, and they may be right.
    Ontwreckdiver, Hoyden, Kimela and 9 others like this.
  5. BoltSnap

    BoltSnap Dive Charter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Nomad
    Agree 100%, this is one reason I object to having a pool in a house where children are present.
  6. Bob DBF

    Bob DBF Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: NorCal
    I don't go go that far, I believe it's a matter of securing the pool from unauthorized use.
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  7. Duke Dive Medicine

    Duke Dive Medicine Medical Moderator Staff Member

    This is difficult to write, I have kids around that age. Breathing pure helium causes the oxygen in the bloodstream to rapidly diffuse into the lungs, which leads to immediate hypoxemia and rapid loss of consciousness.
    Hoyden, Raphus, Lostdiver71 and 8 others like this.
  8. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    CuzzA and Roz's posts have been moved to Good Causes, which is the proper place for discussion of GoFundMe set up the Siblings of the grieving parents.

    Condolences should be given under Passing built we realize that can be tuvvģģeŕ
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  9. Kay Dee

    Kay Dee Contributor

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: East of Woodstock, West of Vietnam
    Thanks for that DDM, but is there any truth to the story that it is very difficult to revive someone who has breathed pure, i.e 100% helium? As although thats what I was told 'back in the day', the only incident I have first hand knlowledge of suggests it is not (hard to revive them).
  10. Kay Dee

    Kay Dee Contributor

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: East of Woodstock, West of Vietnam
    Interesting answer for those with little knowldege of helium based breathing mixes, but with all due respect, nothing to do with my question (with regards complications - besides the obvious - from breathing pure, i.e 100%, helium).

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