MR imaging of the central nervous system in diving-related decompression illness

MR imaging of the central nervous system in diving-related decompression illness

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Physiological responses to cold exposure in men, a disabled submarine study

Physiological responses to cold exposure in men: a disabled submarine study.

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Starting a dive team or improving the one you have

By Andrea Zaferes The following article addresses the needs of teams who have water with low to zero visibility in their district with depths up to 60 feet, which includes almost all teams around the world. The majority of the equipment discussed also applies to high visibility operations. Additional equipment is needed for deeper dives. […]

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There Are no Flags In Underwater Vehicle Extraction

By Walt “Butch” Hendrick and Andrea Zaferes The Miracle Girl scenario: At 9:00 on the night of February 25, 1985, a van with five young passengers sped down a city street, and then lost control. It flew off of a ten-foot-high embankment, and plunged into fifteen feet of water in the Mill Basin Creek in […]

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Where to Start Looking

How Do You Know Where to Start Looking? Craig Nelson, Team Lifeguard Systems Whether you search with grappling hooks or divers, whether you search in fresh or salt water, or whether you operate in a rescue or recovery mode, there is one thing you need: a starting point to begin your search. Witness information often […]

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Case Studies of Public Service Fatalities

The following case histories were compiled by University of Rhode Island researcher John McAniss. A 41-year-old fire captain carrying out a body search with a newly formed scuba team was retrieved from 30 feet after it was noted on the surface that his regulator was free-flowing. Autopsy showed drowning, but damage occurred before or during […]

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Interviewing Witnesses

No operation is successful without information. Interviewing witnesses is the only way to get that information. It should have top priority upon reaching the scene. Every available witness should be interviewed. Some will be emotional such as family members, some may be children, and as in many recreational areas some might be intoxicated. All have […]

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En route To The Location

While proceeding to the location every member of the team should be analyzing the nature of the call, water, weather conditions, and what will be done once on location. The first thing anyone notes is the time of day, and weather. Will the weather impede water rescue operations? Heavy rains can slow drive time to […]

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Four divers died as the result of an attempt to clear old cars

March 15, 1997, Central Washington Four divers died as the result of an attempt to clear old cars from an irrigation siphon. The first two divers broke through ice to enter the 40-degree water; one wore a drysuit, and the other wore a wetsuit. Each recreationally-trained diver had one tank, and they also had a […]

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The Scene Map

At every scene a map should be made of the area. This map does not have to be elaborate, but it must entail all landmarks and last seen points. Place on the map the name and location of each individual witness. Have the location of the command post, staging area, entry and exit points. Show […]

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