Michael Tay Ming Kiong , Lim Chin Chin, Kuan S.Y.*, Koh L.
15th Triennial meeting of IAFS, abstract No. G6 (poster presentation)
August 1999, Los Angeles, California.
In cases of diving fatalities, there is a need for gas analysis and physical examination of the equipment used. Damage to or malfunction of equipment and any abnormalities in gas composition may provide valuable clues on the cause of the accident. Results may corroborate or refute a particular scenario as described by eyewitness, usually the dive buddy.
This report describes a recent case we examined, where the probable cause of a diving accident involving a rebreather set had to be established. Laboratory examinations of the equipment were necessary, as the autopsy findings were incomplete due to the advanced state of decomposition of the body. Our results demonstrate that even the proper functioning of all equipment does not ensure a safe dive. Other considerations such as physiological, mental and physical health contribute to the readiness of a person to dive on a particular occasion.