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Diving Accident in Monterey Bay

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Initially intended for military and scientific use, scuba diving has, no doubt, become one of the world’s most popular water sports; but, unfortunately,  it can sometimes bring to fatalities. According to diving accident statistics, the common causes that result to fatalities include drowning, arterial gas embolism, heart attack, trauma sustained while diving, inappropriate gas and decompression illness. Yet, experienced divers say that when the golden rules of diving are followed properly, scuba diving is still one of the safest water sports with a fatal accident rate of approximately 1 death per 200,000 dives. So, keep in mind: DO NOT HOLD YOUR BREATH!

This happened at San Carlos Beach, city of Monterey. Jean-Pierre Makeyev, 65, was scuba diving with a partner from a dive shop when, suddenly, his friend lost sight of him and swam to the surface for help. First, the Coast Guard responded with a motor lifeboat (47 foot), then several boats from Monterey Fire and Harbormaster joined. In some time the victim was pulled from the water and taken to the hospital where doctors pronounced him death.

Makeyev’s family members said he had a diving experience and had been getting back into scuba diving after several years’ break and that this year he had already made ten dives.

The cause of his death is still pending, until the toxicology tests and tests of his diving equipment are finished, but the coroner’s detective Randal Dick said that nothing in the autopsy indicated that it was a Cardiac incident or something like that.

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