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British Report on Dive Deaths: The Aging Diver Is at Risk

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While the Divers Alert Network has stopped publishing its annual report of U.S. dive deaths and accidents, the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC), its counterpart in the U.K., still does so. Its Annual Diving Incident Report for 2014 records a total of 216 incidents between October 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014. While the number of reported accidents has increased during the past three years, the number of dive-related deaths has not. DCS cases totaled just 57 in 2014, compared to 91 in 2013, and there were 16 deaths. Besides the usual causes -- rapid ascents, buoyancy control, out of air, etc. -- there was also an increase in the number of cases in which inflation or dump valves on BCDs or drysuits malfunctioned....

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