Archive for 08/01/2012

St Thomas Time Journal – 

An experienced diver is the second person to drown in two months at Flintkote Quarry, which attracts hundreds of scuba divers every year.

Province police retrieved the 47-year-old diver’s lifeless body Saturday morning.

They attempted to revive him, but the man was pronounced dead at hospital, police said.

The diver, who was with a partner, apparently felt faint when he was 44 feet deep.

He took off his equipment and tried to return to the surface, said Guylaine Cloutier, who is responsible for the diving site.

Cloutier said the diver was a regular at the site and in excellent shape.

“He always checked his equipment and things many times.

We can’t do anything about feeling faint,” Cloutier explained, visibly shaken by the death.

Although she says the site is safe, Cloutier is concerned that this is the second drowning in two months and the fourth in five years.

“I’ve been caring for the site for 15 years but in the last five years, I don’t know what’s been going on.

There is always somebody who feels faintness and stays down there.

This is my fourth … it looks like they are all in the same age bracket,” Cloutier said.

Another diver, a 49-year-old man, died at the location in May.

Roxanne Palmer – 

“Women and children first !” may be a sentiment that was laudably practiced during the evacuation of the RMS Titanic, but that kind of selflessness is not the norm in most disasters at sea, according to a new study.

Swedish researchers examined 18 maritime disasters that occurred around the world over three centuries, from the grounding of the HMS Birkenhead in 1852 to the 2011 sinking of the Russian cruise ship MV Bulgaria.

They were looking for signs that men consistently give up their seats on lifeboats.

But as their paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows, chivalry turns out to be a rare virtue at sea.

Overall, male crew members have the highest survival rate during a maritime accident, followed by male passengers and ship captains.

Women had a survival rate that was only half that of men’s, on average, while children fared the worst.

The sex gap in survival rates has decreased since World War I, the authors noted.

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