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Anyone Can Get Bent, So Get Insured

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In May 2022, my son and I went diving on Cayman Brac. On his first dive, he got bent.

It was a benign dive, 84 feet max., only a short time below 50-60 feet, 42 minutes total time, no rapid ascent, and a five-minute safety stop, as we verified on his computer. The calm water was 82F. He is a healthy 54, with 40 years of diving and never any problems. Shortly after reboarding, he noted tingling in his lower back and legs. He was wise enough to report it immediately.

The crew was fantastic; they got underway, began 100 percent 02, contacted shore base, and had an ambulance waiting at the nearest dock - maybe 15 minutes. Then to the local medical clinic, which put him in ER with 02 and IV. The only operational chamber is on Grand Cayman....

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