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Fewer UK Diving Accidents in 2013

Diving accidents in the UK continue to drop, according to new figures published by the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC)

Good news for UK divers: There were 216 UK diving incidents reported from October 2013 to September 2014, compared to 263 last year. This is according to BSAC’s annual Diving Incidents Report, which covers UK cases concerning divers of all affiliations, as well as overseas accidents involving BSAC members.

The highest percentages of reported incidents involved DCI (57 cases), ‘illness and injury’ (41 cases) and ‘boating and surface’ (38 cases). The summer months of July and August were the peak periods for diving accidents.

Sixteen fatalities were recorded, including four cases of separation and five cases involving non diving-related medical causes, such as a heart attack.

The drop in accidents may be attributed to increased safety, however, BSAC also emphasised that it may be linked to a decline diving in general.

For a quick refresher in diving safety, read our article on 33 Ways To Dive Safer.

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