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Desc:Famous for its mysterious diving accidents, we see a diver sink 100m. You can sense the panic.
Category:Accidents & Explosions, Horror
Tags:accident, egypt, diving, terror, blue hole
Submitted:Big Beef Burritos Supreme
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Comment count is 17
baleen - 2007-11-25

well that was difficult to watch. I was sort of hoping for some actual explanation as to how a person can plummet 100 meters in the water.
Big Beef Burritos Supreme - 2007-11-25
It's nitrogen narcosis. As he descends too quickly and too deep, nitrogen is building up in his blood. It has an anesthetic quality that will impair your judgment, make your movements drunken, and tragically cause you to feel safe and secure where you are most definitely not. It also can cause convulsions and exhaustion.

There's debate on whether he had a broken buoyancy device, but either way, he could have dropped his weights, and had the choice to surface early on. I think it's testimony to nitrogen narcosis when he descends an extra 10m at the end and carries on exploring the seabed when he's basically in extremely serious trouble.

The guy was an ill prepared and inexperienced diver who shed his dive partner early on and had previously lied he was "a diving instructor," and it was his destiny to explore this area. It's extremely easy to miss the underwater arch he was looking for and descend past it, and perhaps due to the narcosis he didn't realize how deep he was until he first looked at his computer at 80m.

Either way, similar accidents happen in that area.

RockBolt - 2007-11-25
Its surprisingly easy to lose your bearings if you are descending with little in the way of landmarks. One night dive I was on I could have sworn I was perfectly neutrally buoyant but I was dropping like a rock, fortunately I was compulsively looking at my gauges and caught myself pretty quick. Add nitrogen narcosis and you're in big trouble. That's why you never ever dive alone

baleen - 2007-11-26

Thanks for the info. I read a little about the video afterwards, but still didn't really get how he could just fall without knowing what was happening. I thought maybe there was some crazy phantom current or something. My dad used to be a marine biologist and studied octopuses. His whole basis of study surrounded their evolutionary relationship with moray eels, so he was constantly reaching into holes to retrieve specimens. Anyway, one day an octopus stung him (they have a powerful narcotic venom) and he fell asleep underwater. He constantly reminds me if I'm ever around water to never go off alone, because he was saved by sheer chance by a diver who just happened to see him.

StanleyPain - 2007-11-25
This is the video of Yuri Lipski's death. It's noteworthy because it's the only videotaped death of any of the numerous people who have died in the Dahab Blue Hole, but also that Lipski is one of the only people whose bodies have even been recovered from the Blue Hole.

Exactly what caused his death is still, as I understand it, something of a mystery. He dove with poorly chosen equipment, but something happened early in his dive that made him go deeper (beyond the limits of his gear) despite seeming to have already been in distress at well before the point of no return. Why he dropped, no one really knows. But, what is known, is that the Dahab hole kills divers all the time because they misjudge the depth of the hole and don't bring deep dive equipment just incase.
Syd Midnight - 2007-11-25
Thats the impression I got. He was wearing diving weights, and probably figured he'd go down and get out really fast, but the narcosis hit him like 12 shots of whiskey and he got entangled and panicked. I don't know anything about diving, but apparently it's way to deep there to breathe regular air but people try anyways.

There are a few other Blue Hole vids, I didn't submit one because it was rather gruesome.. you can see a dead divers skeleton feet. Apparently the floor of the hole is littered with careless divers bodies, and mixed-gas divers like to go down and check them out. I think one of the reasons they were trying to recover bodies was to keep other divers from going down to mess with them.

Ursa_minor - 2007-11-25
Video of the dead diver you mentioned.


StanleyPain - 2007-11-26
I guess it's considered really bad form to expect body retrieval from the Blue Hole because of how dangerous it is, so most of the bodies are still down there, although in most cases their equipment is retrieved to avoid polluting the waters. I doubt the bodies are being messed with that much, though,as most of them would be at 100+ meters which, there, requires special dive gear and a strongly recommended 4 tanks of mixture.

That is a really creepy video, though. I mean, it's nice and all and it's pretty under there, but to suddenly come across dead bodies must be quite disturbing in such an idyllic setting.

The Mothership - 2012-10-09
that is an amazing link, ursa.

baleen - 2007-11-26

I always feel a little off watching death videos. I am not a fan of real gruesomeness or even watching people suffer in eXXXtreme sports shows and stuff. I watched this because I thought the people watching were going to give some kind of expert speculation on it, but it turns out they were just normal people. So the whole video turned into this very dark study on people interested in watching videos where people actually die. That made it even more uncomfortable.
baleen - 2007-11-26

^that was supposed to be a reply to the stanleypain thread.

cognitivedissonance - 2007-11-26
I'm not going to rate this, but it was riveting and terrifying. I've never made the move from skindiving to scuba because of my absolute terror of things like this.
athodyd - 2007-11-26

FeeFiFoFoTheFifeFifeBrown - 2008-05-02
Chet needs to hire fat stubbly Russian guy to do a closing segment like that for every video here.

RomancingTrain - 2007-11-30
Seeing the death through his own eyes is really disturbing.
Caminante Nocturno - 2008-02-03
This is going to stay with me for a while, and constantly remind me of why I fear the sea so much.
j lzrd / swift idiot - 2008-03-03
Oh man, that sucked. But of course, I already had a nice, healthy fear of crytal blue diving holes that went down deep enough to require special gear. They eat people.
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