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Snorkeler pulled unconscious from the water at Scuba Club Cozumel.

Discussion in 'Accidents & Incidents' started by 58studebaker, Jan 27, 2014.

  1. WB2GLP


    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Jersey
    Pulled from a website and translated from Spanish: David Edward Stuckey, 48 years old, who was originally from Arizona, who drowned himself while recreating the seashore.
  2. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: One kilometer high on the Texas Central Plains
    I think the hotel only has 61 rooms. I have no idea how they number them, and you know how those things get reported.
  3. Splitlip

    Splitlip Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Jupiter
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  4. msdma

    msdma New

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Oregon
    I was there, suiting up for a night dive. Two scuba divers surfaced about 30 feet from shore, near the pool with the stairs. They called "emergency." They were supporting between them an unconscious man, on his back with his face out of the water. They clearly had rescue diving skills. On shore, an SSI scuba instructor could see that this was not just a training exercise and yelled, "Call 911" several times, loudly, and "bring oxygen." Someone ran to the dive shop and personnel came with O2. Other divers helped get him out of the water. There was also a respiratory therapist on shore watching night diving who directed the CPR. The victim never had a pulse.

    Emergency personnel responded quickly, and an ambulance followed a minute or two later. They took the victim quickly.

    The two divers who found him said they just came across the victim lying in the sand, with a mask, snorkel, and weights.

    Over the next 45 minutes, other divers returned from their night dives, unaware of what had happened. One broke down because he said when he entered the water, he had seen the victim "practicing apnea," but just went on with his own dive. I didn't know what he meant at that time.

    The victim was not a guest of SCC.
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  5. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: One kilometer high on the Texas Central Plains
    Thanks msdma. 911 is not the designated emergency number in Mexico, but I'm sure the dive shop knew what was meant. Call 065 for medical, or 066 for general emergency. It pays to know the digits for a country visited, and hope the operator answering can understand: Emergency telephone number - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  6. EEG Girl

    EEG Girl New

    # of Dives:
    Location: Phoenix
    I appreciate your condolences. Thank you very much for the information! Things seem to be adding up now.
  7. Karynna

    Karynna New

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: usa
    I was there and witnessed this tragedy. I was staying at the club all week.

    The diver had weight belts on, full suit and never came to during all attempts with CPR etc.. The diver was not staying at Scuba Club Cozumel as the owner of the Club and staff visited all the guests personally to inquire and update guests about it. His wet suit had a tag on it from a nearby rental facility...not the dive shop at Scuba Club. To those who performed CPR..you did a great job. The staff at Scuba Club Cozumel also were excellent and supportive to those who were staying at the Club and those who were upset and shocked at this terrible event. He was alone, no buddy no group.

    I had observed someone a few days earlier in the week snorkeling alone in front of the club pier area . This person had drifted along the shore, outside the marked buoys-- from one hotel down shore quite a ways. It seemed similar in pattern, single snorkeler diving deep...

    Condolences to his family and friends.
  8. desertgal145

    desertgal145 Registered



    Fellow divers:

    I was one of 2 RNs on the deck when this man was pulled in to shore. There were a few Dive Professionals present. I was on my day1 of vacationing. I did not do CPR due to a back injury - but I did coordinate the rescue effots on shore. I will clarify as much as I can comfortably:

    1. He was probably NOT a snorkeler. He appeared to be a Free Diver from another resort, using the beach at Scuba Club for Free Diving Apneic Exersizes. He was wearing free diving fins and wetsuit, he had a weight belt ON, he had a mask and snorkel with him on the deck when pulled out of the water. He was late 40's to early 50's, thin, silver hair.
    2. He was ALONE in 25 ft of water. He had been observed by some divers 8-10min before the event, on his knees doing exersizes. When the divers came back to check on him they found him unconcious on the bottom. He was brought to the surface, towed to shore, hoisted to a cement dive patio. At that time he was white and his pupils were fixed and dilated. There was no pulse and no respiration. He was white (not cyanotic).
    3. 911 was called and FULL CPR was started immediately on deck. Oxygen was applied via non-rebreather mask. FULL CPR was continued vigorously until the local medical staff of 2 placed him on a board, and into an "ambulance" and they departed the scene. At the time of transport he still had no pulse and no respirations on his own, there was evidence of water in the lungs, his pupils remained fixed and dilated. His fins, and snorkel kit, were left with the Scuba Club Dive Shop - as is customary when there is a rescue/recovery incident.
    4. There was no family or friends available at the scene. He had no ID. We did not know which resort (other than Cozumel) he was staying at.
    5. We "heard" at SC the medical professionsals constinued care at the local hospital, to no avail. My understanding is this poor unfortunate fellow dive brethern did infact pass away.

    My sincerest and deepest condolences to his family, friends, and co-workers. Please know those vacationing at SC exhausted EVERY avenue available at the time to save this gentleman. RN's are taught to do root cause analysis to determine possible ways that an outcome might be better in a similiar circumstance in the future. I spent many hours the night of the 25th in my bed doing just that. There was nothing more we could have done, no faster response or more thorough care we could have provided. His passing touched everyone on the deck that day, and he was surrounded by MANY caring fellow divers.

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE take from this the need to be a responsible diver at every level in every circumstance. DO NOT dive alone, it is a buddy sport, it is an extreme sport, and it is a dangerous sport. And again, my condolences to all who were touched by this tragedy...


    ---------- Post added February 3rd, 2014 at 07:55 PM ----------


    So, I the RN, have a few responses. 1. A code is NOTHING like TV. 2. You have health professionals in a life or death situation who have never set eyes on each other that have to come together in a country who's medical care is nothing like ours...to do EVERYTHING right...under the scrutiny of several
    onlookers who have no reference other than a loved one in a hospital or a TV show! 3. Someone senior was ME, and the control I took was from 32 years of seasoned RN work. I couldn't bend to do CPR - my compressions would have been ineffective. So I announced that I was a 32 yr RN and I started barking. Then there was no further need to bark! I designated a firefighter to do compressions. I then designated the RN standing next to me to do breathing. The instructor who did not pull him in for diving alone took over - and I allowed it. The gentleman was not going to recover despite our best efforts, and we knew that as he was pulled from the water! SO, the best case scenario was to allow the Dive instructor(s) who pulled him from the water, feeling guilty that they didn't harass him for diving alone when they saw him IN the water, to give it whatever aid THEY had...because they WERE going to walk away from this! Additionally, the onlookers would see a very PASSIONATE attempt out of dive leadership. That was appropriate for the situation. 4. I sent one of those IN THE WAY divers to get pen and paper to record. I sent another to the dive shop to get O2. I sent another to assure EMS or the like was on the way, I had another one sit by his head and yell at him to come back...over and over...so he knew someone wanted him to come back...because he had no friends or family there. I sent yet another to check the crowd for family. The remainder stepped back out of terror! 5. A code, in a public place, like a resort, where people are partaking in the sport someone is dying from in front of their eyes, is NEVER as organized as our stress and rescue class...EVER! And lastly, 6. Death is NEVER easy, quiet, pretty, painless, comfortable. We come in as hard and we go out hard. The body fights it every step of the way. It is the separation of the spirit and the body - and regardless of the external appearance, or what you see on TV, to most it is jarring. Most of the people who viewed that event were traumatized in some small or big way. A HUGE heap of compassion is in order :)

    I am unapologetically critical of your post because a man died, and those of us who had arrived 1 hr before, and were ready to relax after days of travel, were propelled headlong into a worst case scenario in a foreign country where there are no rules, in front of a scared and gawking (and critical) audience. To the eyes of the less or non-experienced (or less senior) that event seemed disjointed and confusing. To the professionals it was all pretty much the way those things go...fast, loud, with arms and clothes and words flying.

    I am SO SAD for his family, friends, co-workers, and fellow travelers loss. I am so sad that despite my best replays (over and over - we sort after for root cause analysis to assure we learn from every event) of anything we could have done different to engender a good outcome, the man was gone before he was found. I am sad that a fellow diver brethren lost his life alone underwater on my watch - vacation or not. And, I am sad that it will be hard for so many when it replays thru their minds.

    Please, walk away from this experience less critical of those who were doing their best for a man they never knew in an impossible situation. And, send love to his family.
  9. Grover48

    Grover48 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Walker Basin, CA
    In my career as a fireman I have performed CPR on over 200 victims. The success rates is very low. It is never pretty. The victim does not spontaneously jump up and thank you for saving his life. The surrounding family, friends, bystanders and hecklers just add to the confusion of the scene. Intubation of a patient is not pretty to watch for the uninitiated. This I know, we gave our best efforts every single time. From the SIDS baby to the 97 year old geriatric patient, every one deserves and gets our best.

    Thank you for responding to this unfortunate accident. You were doing what you knew how to do and did your best for all involved.
  10. blue steal

    blue steal Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Southern California/Redondo Beach area
    Excellent report desertgal145, thank you.
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