BSAC’s Incident Report for 2010 is now available online. It contains details of incidents in the UK, or involving BSAC members overseas, and was presented at their Diving Conference in mid-February.
364 UK incidents were reported, which is inline with the numbers from the last 5 years. In order of frequency, the top 4 categories were:
- Boat / Surface
- Injury / Illness
Illness and Injury may actually include some cases of DCI, as those reported by the RNLI do not specifically state DCI.
There were 17 fatalities, which is slightly above the ten year average of 15.8.
- 3 cases apparently involved divers who died of natural causes
- 10 involved separation
- 2 involved rapid ascents
- 2 involved running out of breathing gas
- 1 involved a solo snorkel diver
Often there are multiple factors involved and it is not possible to explain the actual chain of events involved.
47% of the fatal incidents involved divers over the age of 50, compared with 57% last year. Since only 16% of the diving population is over 50, this is a cause for concern since health and fitness often decline with age. As we get older we should all remember to factor this into our diving.
I would encourage you to read the full report from BSAC’s website. It includes summaries of these incidents and is well worth browsing, to help us learn from things that have happened to other people.