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Analysis of an Accident

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Hindsight is a wonderful thing but, the tragic loss of life of divers at Malpelo in September 2016, reported in Undercurrent at the time, could and should have been avoided. It was only pure luck that meant three of the five divers involved did not perish along with their friends. What led up to things going so badly wrong?

Firstly, Malpelo is a remote site 350 miles from the mainland and off any main shipping route. Nowhere we dive is more remote. The island itself is no more than a massive rock with insurmountable cliffs so that it is almost impossible to get ashore. The Colombian garrison makes use of a rope ladder for access....


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