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Diving injuries a concern for authorities

Luke Rawalai
Thursday, February 13, 2014

FOUR people were hospitalised in the North suffering from diving bends last year.

Principal fisheries officer northern Joji Vakawaletabua said of the four cases admitted to hospital last year, two of the divers died after being in hospital for some time.

Mr Vakawaletabua said another person was treated and sent home while the fourth became paralysed.

"We are yet to collate the number of diving cases that we have received so far this year," he said.

"It is true that the number of hospitalised cases from last year is not much but it is still a worry because these sorts of accidents should not occur, especially when we have proper diving apparatus out there.

"This sort of problems can only happen if dive operators or divers are careless and fail to play their part."

Mr Vakawaletabua said most cases were because of negligence.

"As far as we know all divers working for diving companies are supposed to be professionals approved to work by the Ministry of Labour.

"We are also aware that people continue to disobey safety rules in their greed to get more for the sake of money.

"We advise people to value their lives and think of themselves and their families."

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