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posted : August 20, 2009 Post subject: Yorkshire accidents
It has been a tragic few weeks here and up the coast with three seperate incidents.

Three weeks ago the coastguard patrol vehicle passed our home, its siren's blaring, evidence of a serious incident although at the time we did not know it was a diving incident. We later found that a 16 year-old and his father were airlifted with decompression illness after diving to the wreck of the Brentwood. The wreck lies 5 miles off Whitby with depths reaching up to 48metres. The divers from Scarborough were treated aboard the lifeboat whilst awaiting the helicopters arrival and are reported to be in a satisfactory condition after receiving treatment within the recompress ion chamber at Hull. I have added more information to my Whitby Gazette reports page within the Whitby lifeboat section.

The other incident occurred further down the Yorkshire coast off Filey and involved yet more divers from Scarborough. This time however, the incident proved to be a tragic one with two fatalities. In a report published in the "Evening News" the divers are alleged to have gotten into difficulties during a "rapid ascent". Although airlifted from their boat and taken to Castle Hill Hospital in Cottingham, East Yorkshire, they were pronounced dead at the hospital.

The third incident happened up the coast at Hartlepool and involved a long standing member of the Scarborough diving club. An experienced diver he will be missed.

These sad incidents serve to remind divers of the need for vigilance and experience. I know something of the tragic effects diving incidents have on all those involved and hope that this is a reminder of how easy it can be to be caught out.

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