14 November 2011
All Participants will lodge in comfortable Norwegian huts. These are cozy and stylishly designed and have their own bathroom, kitchen, living room, TV and some even have wood burning stoves. Spending the night onboard of the MS Sula is possible as well. The distance to the diving base is, at a maximum, 200 meters away with wonderful views to Norwegian mountains and fjords.
Those that want to, naturally, can go fishing. The waters along the coast are teeming with fish! Furthermore it is possible to go on a orca-safari to the Spitzbergen, which is also organized by Stromsholmen. (www.orcanorway.info the orca tour DOES NOT belong to our trip, but spots can be reserved if done in a timely matter!)
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10 October 2011
After a week of deep sorrow and concern, we would like to announce the possible causes of this tragic accident, so hopefully a situation like this never arises again.
During the recovery several points were noted.
Diver 1 still had 65 bar in his cylinder, which was closed however. The inflator for the jacket was afixed to the closed apparatus. The backup apparatus had a very short connection hose, was not connected to the carabiner, and was afixed backwards. This means it can only be given to a partner, or put in your own mouth so that the bubble exhaust presses onto your nose.
It is thinkable that diver one suffered from an icing over of equipment because the main aparatus was closed. In this moment his jacket was without funktion as well. during the following switch to the backup apparatus, it is likely that a air/water mix was inhaled, as some machines pull water over the exhalation valve. Presumably diver 1 then switched to the back-up apparatus of diver 2. Due to panic and increased breathing volume, the breath rugulator froze and the cylinder emptied.
As both divers were wearing regular wetsuits, that at 50 meters depth generate little lift, non-functioning jackets and neither diver threw off there lead weights, a joint ascention useing alternate breathing would not work.
Unfourtunately we keep finding that many divers of foreign countries and holiday divers are not used to diving with a second apparatus. You cannot exclude the fact that some only complete a diving pass in warm water, and due to that only knows the Octopus and years later tries cold water dives. This can lead to future problems.
Thusly we wish that diving clubs world-wide inculde in their standard beginners course: correct use and configuration of two seperate breath regulators.