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Woman dies while scuba diving in KZN

2013-02-08 16:00

Durban - A woman died while scuba diving at Blood Reef near Durban on Friday, the National Sea Rescue Institute said.

Spokesperson Craig Lambinon said the 50-year-old woman was participating in a charter dive when she went missing at around 10:00.

She was found several minutes later.

"The body was brought to the surface... and brought to our sea rescue base in Durban where the body was confirmed to be deceased by paramedics."

An autopsy would be conducted to determine the cause of her death.

Comments
  • alan.smart.102 - 2013-02-08 17:20

    Most probably an heart attack... Scuba diving is hard work. RIP

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  • richard.barrett.739 - 2013-02-08 18:07

    i have been diving since 93 and its the most relaxing thing to do in the world, give it a bash and you will be hooked

  • hein.huyser - 2013-02-08 22:11

    Been diving for years, and never even had one close shave or near accident. You dive with a buddy, and never go further than 1to2 metres from him/her. Not negotiable Scuba diving, like most things in life, if done properly every time it is one of the sports with the least accidents/fatalities

      garth.philpot - 2013-02-09 08:46

      I had a regulator block on my first ever dive in thailand, I ran out of air, and the instructor was more than 10 meters away taking photos with my underwater camera lol. It was extremely scary, I made it to him, and there was a lot of panic, but he shoved his spare line in my mouth and we slowly ascended. I think these high turnover companies might not always be the answer. I think if you are going to do this kind of thing, make sure your equipment is perfect, and that you have failsafes in place - for example, a small SpareAir canister is a must in my opinion...

      Nunu - 2013-02-09 12:57

      Ja, people die when they get too casual - start to forget it can be dangerous if equipment fails.

      ann.padoa - 2013-02-09 14:33

      She could have died from a heart attack.

  • velilejonathan.williams - 2013-02-09 10:08

    Shame, RIP. Reminds me of Trevor Noah.

      kim.montagner.7 - 2013-02-10 10:54

      This is so a devastating to her family as well as all her students that love her, please explain why it reminds you of Trevor Noah at a time like this. Yes I've watched Racist but in light of this devastating tragedy, you want to go there seriously. What if one of her kids read this????

  • mantlekilo - 2013-02-09 10:42

    I am pretty sure that it is a small plus to pass away while doing something you love to do rather than in a car crash or murdered etc. Rest in Peace MaƔm !

  • joa.meyer.5 - 2013-02-10 07:00

    Needing closure on the matter, being a scuba diver myself; i chatted to a diving club operating in the area to try establish what went wrong. My questions were: where was the dive master and more specifically her dive buddy when she went missing. Apparently, it happened very early in the dive. She started experiencing difficulties upon decent. By the time divers hit the bottom and were re-grouping, she was not amongst them. The group resurfaced as per normal procedure and decended again to continue the search under water where her body was eventually found. Thats all i could gather.

      kim.montagner.7 - 2013-02-10 10:45

      Those are the exact questions I asked????? Where on earth was her buddy and dive master. She was one of my daughter's favourite lecturer's at Varsity, needless to say she is devastated.

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