on selecting and using drysuits added
to this site.
on avoiding free flowing regulators and concerning equipment handling
after an incident added to this site.
YOU READY TO GO DIVING - SAFELY?
- APRIL 2006
2005 figures for open water diving accidents reported by HM Coastguard
reveal that while fatalities are down from 2004, the overall number
of accidents has risen slightly. During 2005, HM Coastguard Maritime
Rescue Coordination Centres reported a total of 254 open water diving
related accidents, and these incidents ranged from cases of decompression
illness and medical emergencies to broken down vessels.
fatalities have been recorded, with one case reported 'previously missing'
(body found of a previously missing person). The greatest single incident
category remains decompression illness (DCI) which accounts for 70 incidents
alone, with a further 45 attributed to rapid ascent, which may have
developed into DCI. Medical emergencies also accounted for 27 which
may not have been diving related but arose from a pre-supposing medical
south coast of the UK again saw the highest number of accidents reported
reflecting its popularity and accessibility as one of the premier diving
areas in the country.
Brown of the MCA said:
water diving is an exhilarating and healthy sport enjoyed by many millions
of recreational divers around the world. Some 2 million dives take place
each year in the UK mostly during our warmer water periods. In comparison
to the numbers of people actually diving, our Coastguard Search & Rescue
accident statistics are relatively small, which is a credit to the agencies
and organisations who manage and deliver training within the sport.
as diving carries such high inherent risk, if something does go wrong
whilst diving, the consequences can be quite severe both in terms of
the urgent need for search & rescue assistance, and the subsequent need
for intensive, specialist and perhaps long-term medical care.
with our colleagues in the British Diving Safety Group, we strongly
urge divers to maintain their personal fitness and to make sure that
their training and equipment is to the required standard.
something does go wrong when diving, please alert the Coastguard as
early as possible, so we can take preparatory or immediate action.
you have any medical concerns, we can connect you within minutes to
a diving medical doctor for advice.
regards to obtaining medical assistance and advice, it should also be
noted that the contact telephone number for divers in Scotland has changed.
The new number is 0845 4086008. For all other UK regions the Institute
of Naval Medicine (telephone number 07831151523) remains the first point
COASTGUARD CO-ORDINATE SEARCH AND RESCUE FOR SIMULTANEOUS DIVING INCIDENTS
- 14th MAY 2006
Solent Coastguard have co-ordinated two simultaneous search and rescues
with regards to diving incidents on the south coast.
incident was just after midday, seven miles south of Littlehampton,
where a diver had resurfaced and was found to be unconscious; he was
airlifted by Coastguard rescue helicopter to Queen Alexandra Hospital.
The second incident was twenty-five minutes later when two divers were
reported missing at Outer Mulberries dive site (off Pagham Harbour,
east of Selsey Bill) and were due to have resurfaced at 12:10 hours.
The casualties were subsequently recovered by a pleasure craft which
had responded to an emergency broadcast put out by Solent Coastguard.
The casualties were taken ashore by the Selsey RNLI lifeboat crew, where
they then received medical attention.
Watch Manager, Solent Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre, says:
incidents that we have assisted with today have all followed best practise
and we would like to pass on our sympathy to the family and friends
of the diver who we believe to have experienced a cardiac arrest whilst
diving south of Littlehampton.
like to take this opportunity to remind the divers of best practise
before setting out:
1. Be physically
and medically fit, and have in date medical certification.
Practise all procedures, including emergencies in shallow water.
Have equipment regularly serviced as recommended by manufactures’ and
check equipment in shallow water before full dive.
Carry surface location aids.
5. Insure your equipment against loss of theft.
6. Boat and engine(s) should be regularly serviced.
7. Boat engines to have propeller guards
8. Boat checks to include correct kit on board.
9. Ensure VHF radio is in good working order.
10. Oxygen bottles are full. Most importantly is to know how to contact
the COASTGUARD, and be prepared for helicopter evacuation.”
DIVERS RESCUED FROM BRIDLINGTON BAY - 29th May 2006
this afternoon Humber Coastguard coordinated a search for two missing
wreck divers following a Mayday distress call.
RAF Rescue Helicopter and the warship 'Severn' proceeded at speed to
the area south of Flamborough Head in Bridlington Bay from where the
distress call emanated. RNLI lifeboats from Flamborough and Bridlington
and local vessels also joined the search.
fishing vessel 'Moyall', one of first craft to the search area located
the divers waving identification flags and the divers were recovered
to their dive boat `Leeds Diver 1' and were escorted back to the launching
Coastguard Watch Manager Tony Ellis said: "From the initial distress
call to recovery was only 37 minutes, partially due to the prompt communication
from the dive marshal to the Coastguard and the swift response of the
search units. Our thanks to one and all.!
COASTGUARD COORDINATE SEARCH FOR MISSING DIVER - 4th June 2006
two o'clock this afternoon, Humber Coastguard received a call from the
leisure dive boat 'Providence' approximately 20 miles off Bridlington,
East Yorkshire, reporting one of their divers missing.
diver had been seen to surface but looked distressed, and as the 'Providence'
proceeded towards him he submerged and was lost from sight. RNLI lifeboats
from Humber and Bridlington and Hornsea Independent Rescue boat were
requested to launch to search for the missing man.
Rescue Helicopter 131 was scrambled from RAF Boulmer and is also searching
the area under the coordination of Humber Coastguard. In response to
a VHF radio broadcast from Humber Coastguard, the warship 'Ledbury'
was diverted from her operations and is now proceeding at full speed
to assist. She is equipped with divers and also has decompression facilities
should they be required.
weather conditions on scene are good with 10 miles visibility, and the
search is continuing at this time. Fred Caygill, from the Maritime and
Coastguard Agency said: "It is unknown at this stage as to the reasons
for this diver to disappear from the surface after ascending from his
dive. All efforts are being made to try and locate him. It is recommended
that vessels inform the Coastguard when departing and returning form
their trip, where they are diving, and the duration of their activity."
SECRETARY SIR DAVID ROWLANDS KCB ANNOUNCES NAME CHANGE OF THE AUXILIARY
COASTGUARD SERVICE - 30th October 2006
the National Conference of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency on 24
October 2006, Sir David Rowlands KCB Permanent Secretary, Department
for Transport announced that the Auxiliary Coastguard Service would
officially be renamed the 'Coastguard Rescue Service'.
Auxiliary Coastguards of Her Majesty's Coastguard would also now be
known as 'Coastguard Rescue Officers'.
Dymond, Chief Coastguard, Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: "This
is very much welcomed by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and is a
reflection of the Search and Rescue professionalism and capability of
the Coastguard Rescue Service which provides a front line Search and
Rescue response around the coast of the United Kingdom .
also enhances the profile of the service, not just to our colleagues
in the other three Emergency services, but also to the public.
will continue to provide a first class service to the people of the
United Kingdom in the delivery of search and rescue.
further information please contact: Maritime and Coastguard Agency Press
Office (023) 8032 9401
BOAT GUIDELINES - SEPTEMBER 2005
new British Diving Safety Group 'Advice
to Divers Chartering Dive Boats'
have been released.
Advice to Divers Chartering Dive Boats
ASSIST PARAGLIDER FOLLOWING ACCIDENT - AUGUST 2005
Coastguard assisted a female paraglider this afternoon after she crashed
into cliffs at Ringstead Bay and fell into the sea.
Coastguard received a number of 999 calls at 2.30 pm today reporting
the incident. Lulworth and Wyke Coastguard Rescue Teams and the Coastguard
Rescue helicopter Whiskey Bravo were requested to attend the scene.
Dorset ambulance and the Dorset police boat also attended.
diving group who happened to be in the vicinity at the time saw the
incident occurring and rushed to the aid of the paraglider. They managed
to assist her out of the water, despite the fact that she had fairly
serious injuries. Once on the beach she was stabilized by a house doctor
and paramedic who also happened to be on scene.
the helicopter arrived on scene the woman was transferred to a stretcher,
then airlifted to Dorchester Hospital.
Robson Watch Manager says: "This was an unusual incident with a positive
outcome in that the woman was found quickly and transferred to Dorchester
Hospital with serious but not life threatening injuries. We would like
to thank the six divers who came very quickly to her assistance and
helped her to the shore, where the helicopter was able to safely transfer
her on board and take her to hospital. Our thanks also to the doctor
and paramedic who stabilized her."
MARKER BUOY GUIDELINES - JULY 2005
British Diving Safety Group published general guidelines for the use
of Surface Marker Buoys, with particular reference to the use of Delayed
Surface Marker Buoys in routine and emergency situations. The advice
is intended to help standardise UK diving practices in this respect.
Advice Regarding DSMBs
SAFELY PACK - APRIL 2005
of the popular Diving Safely pack are still available and can be obtained
from any of the member organisations of the BDSG, if you have any difficulty,
contact the RNLI on 0800 328 0600. The pack contains a comprehensive
range of free safety information published and endorsed by the diving-
related member organisations of the BDSG.
Organisation involved in the BDSG is committed to ensuring the best possible advice
and safety information is available to all those who dive - from the organisations
who train divers to those organisations who help in the life saving process during
diving emergencies, both at sea and on dry land.
the popularity of recreational diving increases, it is crucial to raise awareness
of the importance of safe diving practice. The British Diving Safety Group promote
accident prevention points such as dive planning, fitness, training, rescue skills
and resuscitation. We hope that the free Diving Safely pack will help divers to
Diving Safely Pack can also be downloaded from Safety
Info section of this site).