Skip to comments.New York man drowns in Bahamas free diving contest
Posted on 11/17/2013 8:56:38 PM PST by BenLurkin
A Switzerland-based worldwide federation for breath-holding diving says Mevoli reached the 72-meter depth of the no fins dive, swam back to the surface but had difficulty breathing while completing surface protocol and lost consciousness.
Freedivers, unlike scuba divers, enter the water without air tanks, regulators and hoses and swim to various depths relying entirely on the air held in their lungs.
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Why don’t they have oxygen or some protocol to handle cases like this?
Embolism. Just because you go down all that way using only one lungful, 72 meters of water over you exerts a lot of pressure.
Under that much pressure, some gas is able to dissolve in your blood, even over the time span of a two or three minutes.
It comes out of solution as you rise to the surface.
The "difficulty in breathing" - for which I'm sure they had plenty of oxygen on hand - was probably only a symptom of a far more-serious problem, like a burst blood vessel in his brain.
if the pressures caused by the depth and the holding of breath causes a blowout around your lungs or heart it’s pretty much over even if you come up alive
Whatever it was that happened to this man, it wasn't 'drowning'.
Guy was soaked to the gills and couldn’t breathe ?
Freediving is not just a simple snorkel dive a bit deeper. Rejection of the brain's apnea reflex has consequences..........
A prop man in New York film and television production, Mevoli had already spent $34,000 this year traveling and competing worldwide. He was relieved when a physical conducted by Jeschke, the event physician, determined that he had not blown out his ear. Rather, he was found to have an upper respiratory squeeze what happens when capillaries burst from pressure exerted on the body at depth. Frequently, athletes surface with bloody noses after completing dives, and more than one athlete in this competition were found to have a sinus squeeze or a tracheal squeeze, and were cleared to compete the next day.
On Sunday, Mevoli was transported by body board from the platform to the beach, then lifted into a Honda station wagon, which was the events de facto ambulance. It was a 10-minute ride to the Vid Simms Memorial Health Center, an immaculate yet remote 2,000-square-foot clinic run by American missionaries. The safety team, including the team leader, Ren Chapman of Wilmington, N.C.; Joe Knight, the Australian paramedic; Trubridge; and Jeschke took turns continuing CPR, in the ambulance and in the clinic, where they were joined by a local doctor. Mevoli had pulmonary edema, according to one source at the scene, and 800 cubic centimeters of fluid was pulled from his lungs. At about 1:44 p.m., he died. According to the International Association for the Development of Apnea, the governing body of the sport, he is the first athlete to die in an international competition in its 21-year history.
800 cubic centimeters of fluid was pulled from his lungs.
= approximately 3 cups of fluid
Headline writers are the scum of the Earth.
because “they” didn't realize that you are the CEO of the “They Board” and would take care of all that for them!
These “freediving” contests are just a crock.... they speed the contestant to the bottom on a tether... and then they rise to the surface. Dumb. Make it a contest where you need to swim down, solve a Rubik’s cube and then swim back up.
Something fishy going on here....