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When It Comes to Diving, Donít Trust the BBC

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The BBC ran a podcast in late July about how a scuba diver ended up in a wheelchair, paralyzed from the waist down. However, the episode has raised questions in the dive world about whether the news broadcaster got the facts straight.

In August 2009, Richard Osborn and three other diving instructors made a dive on their day off from working at a dive center near Ayia Napa in Cyprus. They say they went to 133 feet deep, where two of them ran out of air. During the air-sharing ascent, the other two also ran out of air at 100 feet. Two got bent during the following emergency free ascent, and Osborn, then 21, was the worst affected....


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