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Poisonous Air — It’s Very Serious When It Happens

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Twelve pupils were treated for carbon monoxide poisoning after becoming ill during a school scuba diving lesson on June 26 at Manchester Grammar School in the UK. They were taken to the hospital, and eleven were later discharged following treatment, while one, aged 14, was released after several days. Greater Manchester Police were investigating the incident.

The air was supplied by Aqualogistics Dive Center, which has since recalled all tanks recently filled. Geoff Shearn, the proprietor, was not able to comment as to the probable cause of the contamination of the air supplied while the matter is under investigation by the government's Health & Safety Executive, or even if the contamination was actually by carbon monoxide. The company is well established and has been supplying divers with gas for more than 16 years....

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