Saturday, March 14, 2009

Which Country has the Highest Rate of Diving Emergencies?

According to Coastguard statistics released this last week, the answer is Scotland.

During 2008, the UK Coastguard dealt with 166 diving related incidents including cases of decompression illness, medical emergencies and broken-down vessels.

Eight fatalities were recorded, three of them in Scotland – two in Shetland and another involving Stornoway Coastguard.

Scotland and Northern Ireland accounted for 66 of the incidents. Shetland – where Scapa Flow, with its many sunken German battleships, is a huge attraction for divers – was the second busiest area in the UK with 23 emergencies, followed by Clyde with 22.

The greatest single type of incident was decompression illness (DCI), which accounted for 65 incidents in the UK. A further 33 incidents were attributed to rapid ascent, which may have developed into DCI.

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