Danish diver dies in Norway

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Dang. :(

On the not-so-dark side, IIRC that's the first fatality in Norway this year, which is better than last year.

Somewhat conflicting indications on what the cause of death might be, though. In his 50s, CPR and defibrillator points to a heart attack, while the chamber treatment points to DCS. Let's hope the media will give some more info on the probable cause of death.
 

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Dang. :(

On the not-so-dark side, IIRC that's the first fatality in Norway this year, which is better than last year.

Somewhat conflicting indications on what the cause of death might be, though. In his 50s, CPR and defibrillator points to a heart attack, while the chamber treatment points to DCS. Let's hope the media will give some more info on the probable cause of death.

According to some (the VG news alert feed) , he was conscious when they found him and got him to the surface, maybe it is a combination, a diving accident stressing the diver and triggered tachycardia, that later triggered a heart attack?
Hyperbaric chambers can also be used for hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which is used for treatment of CO-poisoning, but that's only speculation.
 

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I've had many victims of other problems (appendicitis, ruptured spleen, heart condition) be medivac'd to a hospital where the first thing the ER docs do is send them to the chamber for evaluation. The first thing the chamber techs do is bring them down to 60 feet, usually making the problem worse, and making it necessary for an ER doc to lock in when the patient gets worse.

Imagine your appendix ruptures while in a chamber (it happened to one of my divers). It drives the poison through all of the tissues. They emergency locked hoim out, blasted him to the ER, and took out what was left of his burst appendix, and he survived, in fact, all of them did, but if someone has been diving and suffers a completely unrelated medical emergency, it is dreadfully important to make the ER docs know that it may not be a diving emergency.
 

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Frank, thanks for bringing that to the forefront. It is not unheard of for a diver to be diagnosed with DCI and then have the diagnosis change later. Diving just widens the differential.
 

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What is truly sad, is that this is the second serious accident involving danish divers in Kristiansand in a week. The first one was airlifted to the capital for hyperbaric treatment.
 

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I've got the impression that there's a disproportionate amount of non-Norwegians among the fatalities the last years. Of four fatalities in '12, two were tourists (one Swedish, one Finnish). Of four in '13, there was one British tourist and one German immigrant, of eight in '14, there were four tourists (two Finns, one Swede and one Dane), and the first fatality of '15 was a Dane.
 

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Dane dead after weekend diving accident in Norway | The Post
A Danish diver who was initially rescued after experiencing difficulties in Norway yesterday has died.
The 50-year-old man from Middelfart succumbed overnight to injuries he received while diving in Kristiansand Fjord near the Grønningen lighthouse yesterday afternoon.
“I can confirm he is dead,” Kristian Klausen from the Agder police district told Ekstra Bladet. “He was from Middelfart and his family have been informed.”
The diver was one of a group of seven diving in an area that is a popular destination for recreational divers due to the many shipwrecks there are to explore.
Rescue attempts fail
Fire brigade divers gave the man CPR after he had been transported to the surface, and a defibrillator was also used.
After two hours of onsite first aid, he was flown to hospital in Arendal, police told Norwegian broadcaster NRK.
He was then transferred to Ullevaal Hospital in Oslo where he was treated to no avail in a pressure chamber.
A deadly spot
This is not the first time a Danish diver has experienced trouble at that location.
A little more than a week ago, a 44-year-old Dane was hospitalised in Oslo after a dive at nearly the exact same spot.
In 2013, a Danish man nearly died while diving at a depth of 48 metres near a shipwreck, and in 2011, the bodies of a Danish woman and man were pulled out of a shipwreck in the fjord where they had been trapped for nine months.
Bjørn Andersen, the head of the Kristiansand diving club, said the fjord is an attractive place for divers.
“It is very busy and can be a challenging place to dive, but there are no dangerous currents,” Andersen told NRK.
 
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