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Anyone know what happened to the dive instructor who died at the Blue Hole? He looked too young to have had an MI.


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We received a phone call yesterday telling us the news.
We have known Andy for several years,and I don't think he was an instructor. He was mainly a boat captain. We were told that he was free diving and he went over to a scuba diver for a breath of air while he was at depth. As he started to ascend he wasn't exhaling and he ruptured a lung. This came from what I would consider a good source, but it is not first hand information. Andy was always a pleasure to be around.

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Andy was a great guy, always smiling and loved his job, really sad.


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I just noticed the thread title This wasn't in the Blue Hole and Andy wasn't an instructor.
A sad accident, He was a great guy.


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God rest his soul and his family early resignation

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Tragic - but it does point up the need for everyone working on dive boats to have basic understanding of the laws of air compression. He should never have taken a hit of air, but since he did he should have been educated in the fact that if he held his breath the air in his lungs would expand to twice the volume coming from that depth. If he had simply hummed all the way up he would have been safe.

Maybe the tour guide association can set up some training.


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where was the accident?

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Originally Posted by ScubaLdy
Tragic - but it does point up the need for everyone working on dive boats to have basic understanding of the laws of air compression. He should never have taken a hit of air, but since he did he should have been educated in the fact that if he held his breath the air in his lungs would expand to twice the volume coming from that depth. If he had simply hummed all the way up he would have been safe.

Maybe the tour guide association can set up some training.


I believe that all divers must be certified to prevent such fatal accidents, all without exception, there is no one to manage them?

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There is a detailed story on the front page of the San Pedro Sun.
Andy was a wonderful person, licensed Tour Guide and Certified Diver that made a mistake and regretfully cost him his life.
He had a wonderful smile and always found something to smile about.
Very sad news about his accident.


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