When Scuba Diving Goes Wrong


From a group of divers forced to survive on
the open water to a young woman who drowned on her honeymoon, here’s what happens when
scuba diving goes wrong: Number 7 Japanese Divers
In 2014, a group of seven female Japanese scuba divers set off from the coast of Bali
in serene weather conditions. The group was led by Bali-based instructors
Saori Furukawa and Shoko Takahashi. As they were exploring the area, a storm struck,
seemingly without warning. Heavy rainfall and strong winds separated
the group from their boat and trapped them in a whirlpool together. One of the divers, 59-year-old Ritsuko Miyata,
drowned and instructor Takahashi became lost at sea. Furukawa and the remaining four survivors
were left drifting on the open water. They got through the first night in the ocean
by drinking from passing coconuts and trying to keep each other awake. At one point, Furukawa swam away from the
group and tried to intercept a tugboat but didn’t manage to get close enough. The current was too strong and she got separated
from the others. Three days after their ordeal had begun Furukawa
and the other four women were rescued. They were found on a large coral reef off
a small island called Nusa Penida, almost 19 miles from where they had started their
dive. Even though they hadn’t had anything to
eat and had only drunk rain water, all five women survived. Number 6 Jacob’s Well
Located northwest of Wimberley, Texas, Jacob’s Well is one of the most dangerous diving spots
in the US. So far it has claimed at least eight lives. With an average depth of 120 feet, the spring
is part of an underground drainage system known as a karst. The mouth of the spring is a popular swimming
spot. However, for those interested in scuba diving,
it’s the entrance point to a complex underwater cave system. The problem is that the floors of some the
chambers are covered in silt or fine gravel. Even the slightest brush of the flipper is
enough to stir up the sediment and obscure the diver’s vision. Navigating it requires specialized technique
and equipment. Swimming though the chambers sometimes involves
maneuvering through narrow passageways. Such was the tragic case of Southwest Texas
State University student Richard Patton. He was looking for a way to move from chamber
to chamber when he became stuck in a false chimney that looked like a way out. Number 5 Thomas Pritchard
Scuba diving accidents are a tragedy regardless of how they occur but, perhaps the worst scenario,
especially for a diver’s family, is when they simply vanish. In 2015, Tom Prichard had almost a thousand
dives under his belt when he became part of a team that dove to the wreckage of Andrea
Doria. The ship had sunk in 1956 after colliding
with the MS Stockholm in one of history’s best known maritime disasters. The wreck site soon became known as ‘The
Everest of Wreck Diving’ due to the number of divers’ lives it has claimed. The wreck has been slowly collapsing for a
number of years, with its top resting at 190 feet. Pritchard was tasked with attaching a mooring
line to the wreck. When his team surfaced they noticed that Pritchard
was no longer with them. The captain of the ship that had brought the
team to the site didn’t let the divers go back after him, fearing for their safety. The Coast Guard swept the area but Pritchard’s
remains were never found. To this day, nobody knows what happened to
him. Number 4 Bushman’s Hole
In October 2004, at Bushman’s Hole in South Africa, friends Dave Shaw and Don Shirley
broke four deep diving world records, after reaching the cave’s floor, almost 1,000
feet beneath the surface. More people have walked the surface of the
moon than have dove to such depths. Special technique and highly complex equipment
must be used to ensure that the divers survive the incredible amount of pressure. They must follow a rope or a guide line and
make regular stops during their descent so that they don’t suffer from decompression
sickness. During their first dive at the bottom of Bushman’s
Hole, Shaw’s illuminated torch revealed a body embedded in silt. It was South African diver Deon Dreyer, who
had lost his life to the cave’s depths 10 years prior and whose body had remained missing. However, it was too dangerous to recover his
remains at that time so they turned back to the surface. After several months of preparation, in a
high media event and accompanied by a documentary film crew, Shaw and Shirley made their attempt
to retrieve Dreyer’s body. Tragically, this would be Shaw’s final dive. Video footage from the camera mounted on his
helmet showed that, since their previous dive, Dreyer’s body had become loose. Shaw grappled with the body as he struggled
to put it in a bag he’d brought with him. At one point the head came off and peered
directly into the camera with its blackened goggles. As he got tangled in the line, Shaw’s breathing
became faster and labored allowing more carbon monoxide to fill his lungs. His movements became slower until they ceased
entirely. As Shirley approached the bottom rendezvous
point with Shaw, he saw an immobile light at the bottom. He knew something had gone wrong but experienced
a problem with his own equipment and knew he had to return to the surface. Then, at about 165 feet, a helium bubble exploded
in Shirley’s left inner ear which made him lose his balance. Even though he was completely disoriented,
Shirley somehow managed to grab the line as he was spinning into the void. His ascent took more than 12 hours, which
he spent in a fog of nausea and exhaustion, but he survived the dive. Four days after the tragic loss of Dave Shaw,
the line was pulled from the cave. The divers were only expecting to retrieve
equipment but then they saw Shaw’s body and, tied to the line, they found Dreyer’s
body as well. Even though it cost him his life, Dave Shaw
had managed to complete his objective of retrieving Dreyer’s remains. Number 3 Poliakov Oleg
A horrific accident off the coast of Pattaya, in Thailand, reemphasized how important it
is for divers to mind their surroundings at all times. 40-year-old Poliakov Oleg and an unnamed companion
were swimming in a proper diving zone. Unfortunately, when they surfaced, they were
hit by a passing speedboat. The driver, identified as 47-year-old Ritthirong
Phanla told the authorties that he was a carrying a group of ten tourists at the time and was
unable to stop the boat when the two divers suddenly surfaced. The speedboat’s propellers cut Poliakov
in half and his companion, who was also hit, remained missing. Number 2 Yuri Lipski
A blue hole is a large marine sinkhole that’s open to the surface. It’s typically created in an island or a
bank composed of limestone or bedrock. A blue hole located on the east coast of Egypt’s
Sinai Peninsula, is one of the most coveted diving spots in the world. The coral-lined sinkhole has a depth of about
394 feet. Despite its beauty, it has claimed over 130
lives in the past 15 years. One of the most notable deaths is that of
22-year-old Russian-Israeli diving instructor Yuri Lipski. He recorded his dive and the video, which
also captured his death, is reportedly still available online. After he reached the sea floor, at around
377 feet, he panicked and removed his regulator- the mouthpiece that divers breathe through. It’s believed that nitrogen narcosis might
have impaired his judgement. Nitrogen narcosis is a mental state that divers
experience at great depths, which may involve panic, paranoia, confusion and even hallucinations. To reduce narcosis and the effects of decompression,
deep divers use multiple stage tanks that are filled with trimix, a blend of nitrogen,
helium and oxygen. Lipski had just one tank with a mix of oxygen
and helium called heliox. Number 1 Tina Watson
In October 2003, 26-year-old Tina Watson, from Helena, Alabama died under strange circumstances
while scuba diving in Queensland, Australia. The woman was on her honeymoon with her new
husband, Gabe Watson, a rescue diver who was also her diving buddy. On October 22, the couple was scuba diving
at the site of the historical shipwreck Yongala. Within two minutes of beginning the dive,
Tina lost consciousness and sank to the bottom, around 98 feet below the water’s surface. One of the divers nearby later claimed that
he saw Gabe engage in an underwater bear hug with Tina as she was struggling. Afterwards, Gabe reportedly headed to the
surface as she fell to the bottom. Another diver took a picture of his wife and,
by chance, caught Tina in the background as she laid face-up on the ocean floor. The cause of death was determined to have
been drowning and evidence of murder started piling up against Gabe. The man gave sixteen different accounts of
what had happened to the authorities, none of which coincided with what the single eyewitness
had reported or with what his dive computer had recorded. The initial suspicion was that he’d turned
off his wife’s regulator, held her until she was unconscious and then turned it one
before letting her sink. The belief was that he’d killed his wife
for her life insurance. Gabe eventually pled guilty to manslaughter,
admitting that he’d failed to provide Tina with proper assistance. However, it later emerged that the woman had
had surgery to correct an irregular heartbeat two years prior to the incident, which she
didn’t mention on her dive application. Gabe had received his rescue diver certification
over a two-day course in Alabama thus he had no rescue and very limited open water experience. It was concluded that Gabe hadn’t killed
his wife but rather abandoned her in desperation to save his own life. The case against him was dismissed by an Alabama
judge. Thanks for watching! Do you know other cases in which scuba diving
went wrong? Let us know in the comment section below!

100 thoughts on “When Scuba Diving Goes Wrong”

  1. Bullshit! I just watched number 7 and already: bullshit alert!
    You say they where found 3 days later on a small island called Nusa Penida… Nusa Penida is not just a quite big island, also there are a couple of thousand locals living there and every day thousand of tourists visit the island. Its a top diving location. They could have just walked up to the next beachbar. No need to lay at the beach and wait 3 days.

    And what's with survived the first night by "drink of passing coconut"? How many coconuts are just floating around ready to be cracked by random thirty divers?

  2. Tech divers must make regular decompression stops during their *ascent not descent as described in the video at 4:22

  3. Yuri Lipski was attempting a bounce dive to the bottom of the blue hole in Dahab, Egypt. This involves a rapid decent and ascent as the equipment and gas were not suitable for what he was trying. He was diving on air not heliox. His entire dive is filmed and can be found here on YouTube. As he hits the bottom you can hear him try to fill his BCD in an attempt to lift himself off the bottom but to no avail. He would have been suffering from severe narcosis and not thinking clearly. Simply removing his weight belt may have saved his life.

  4. I know a friend who went scuba diving and went very deep in the water. He saw a shark and thought it was a bull shark and swam up to the boat. He didnt let his body adjust to the pressure and barely survived and hes crippled from the waist down

  5. Idk, I don't think I could be convinced number 1 didnt kill his new wife after he proceeded to tell 16 different is versions of the event…

  6. I don't understand people who scuba in caves. Shit, I don't understand people that scuba at all! I've snorkeled before, but the pressure that builds the deeper you go is what really freaks me out. Plus, I try not to do activities that limit my ability to cry for help when things go south. Call me boring!

  7. You don't get decompression sickness from decending. You meant ascending.
    Our lungs don't fill with carbon monoxide, it's carbon dioxide. Two VERY different chemicals.
    Get your facts right mate before posting videos like this.

  8. "Saori" is not pronounced "SOWRY", Japanese isn't fucking Chinese, there's no "ow" sound. It's 'Sa-o-ri", the syllables are pronounced individually.

  9. the narrator is retarded using mixed up facts and so forth, as if they were fed into a blender and rehashed to make it interesting, but if he truly knew anything about Scuba, unlike the fudged up stories he is rehashing with made up definitions helium is only used in saturation dives and nitrogen narcosis aka the bends is a result of surfacing too fast for the diffused nitrogen to escape your circulatory system thus forming bubbles of nitrogen in your veins, arteries, and various other cells where it can travel to. asphyxia makes more sense as to why that one guy had impaired judgement.

  10. Not scuba diving but it's bad nonetheless:
    Quite a few years back someone from my school was run over by a boat while snorkeling. They were collecting data while on an excursion for their senior marine science elective.

  11. There are multiple inconsistencies in this video and factual errors. Do not rely on this video, do additional research if you need the truth.

  12. Drinking from passing coconuts at sea 😂 😂 sounds completely true.. Have you ever tried opening a coconut on land with dry hands a coconut knife and a hard surface to rest it on. Just getting through the husk is very difficult then you actually have to get into the hard bit which is even harder, yet these divers did it while bobbing around in the sea with a diving knife at best soaking wet hands and no hard surface 😂 😂

  13. There was an article awhile back about a father/son dive that lead to both of them dying. They had gotten new gear and decided to try it out but then son apparently ran out of oxygen then panicked and the father was trying to lead both of them out while sharing the supply. They weren't ready for that job of dive. People really need to stop underestimating nature and over estimating their own ability.

  14. Still going to continue diving lol. Diving is great if you do it right, also why the heck would anyone swim where speedboats can pass….. 🤦‍♀️

  15. I think the narrator is an idiot, how could Lipski have Nitrogen Narcosis if he was diving ONE cylinder with Heliox (HELIUM and OXYGEN……)

  16. the video at 6:40 saying pattaya thailand, is that not new york?? i can clearly see statue of liberty and castle williams to the left??!!

  17. Missing Diver, technical diver Sultan Sabha 15 April 2018 lost on the depth of 110 meters in U533 wreck – Fujairah, for more information contact me he is my brother…

  18. at a town near mine a couple on their honeymoon diving at a little rock island both got eaten by 2 great whites and died

  19. Yes, I do but not sure of the retail's, will inquire, and get back with you! It and involves my late father-in-law, on a cave dive in Florida.

  20. This video is mostly garbage. It's not so much about scuba diving in general, as accidents that happen under the most extreme conditions or circumstances, or engaging in high-hazard dives. None of it has to do with the ordinary risks of recreational diving…which would actually be useful information. Big thumbs down…

  21. There are many more high profile cases from the past: Hope Root; Archie Farfar; Sheck Exley. All scuba pioneers.

  22. Recreational dive training has become so "Dumbed-Down" over the last couple of decades, I'm surprised there aren't even more reported incidents.

  23. A couple off Queensland were scuba diving and when they surfaced the boat was gone. They were stranded in the water overnight in shark infested waters but surprisingly survived. They made a movie about this but they were eaten by sharks at the end, bloody dramatic license, based on real events is a cop out. It allows these producers to twist any story towards the direction of their agenda .

  24. if you want to go real deep just use the liquid oxygen as you know a baby live in a mom belly right? there is no oxygen baby used the liquid oxygen

    idk why tf im sating this

  25. Deon dreyer story is a bit odd. Ive heard multiple "rescue" attempts and they all end in death but all have the same video accompanying them……time to go do some research on Deon dreyer's actual recovery

  26. 377 feet deep? That's 115 metres. At 1029 kg m^-3 and 9.8 N/kg, that's 1159 kN/m^2 of pressure, or 11.436 atmospheres. Add one for the atmosphere and that's 12.436 atmospheres pressure. At 10% of 1 atmosphere partial pressure of oxygen, "Respiration further increases in rate and depth. Poor judgment and bluish lips occur." If he dived in using a 10% oxygen, 90% helium mix, he'd have issues while he was near the surface. Once he reached that depth, using the same mixture, he'd have 1.2436 atmospheres pp[O2], and that's quite a lot. From Wikipedia: "Central nervous system oxygen toxicity manifests as symptoms such as visual changes (especially tunnel vision), ringing in the ears (tinnitus), nausea, twitching (especially of the face), behavioural changes (irritability, anxiety, confusion), and dizziness. This may be followed by a tonic–clonic seizure consisting of two phases: intense muscle contraction occurs for several seconds (tonic phase); followed by rapid spasms of alternate muscle relaxation and contraction producing convulsive jerking (clonic phase). The seizure ends with a period of unconsciousness (the postictal state). The onset of seizure depends upon the partial pressure of oxygen in the breathing gas and exposure duration.
    Exposures, from minutes to a few hours, to partial pressures of oxygen above 1.6 bars (160 kPa)—about eight times normal atmospheric partial pressure—are usually associated with central nervous system oxygen toxicity and are most likely to occur among patients undergoing hyperbaric oxygen therapy and divers. Since sea level atmospheric pressure is about 1 bar (100 kPa), central nervous system toxicity can only occur under hyperbaric conditions, where ambient pressure is above normal. Divers breathing air at depths beyond 60 m (200 ft) face an increasing risk of an oxygen toxicity "hit" (seizure)."

    That means he'd get away with using that mixture at that depth for a little while, at least, so he's got a window of oxygen percentages. Working back from 1.5 bar pp[O2] at depth, that's 12.06% O2 in his mix, about the first site says: "12%: Respiration and pulse increase. Impaired coordination, perception, and judgment occurs." Still not a good idea.
    They list 19.5% as minimum permissible oxygen level. At that concentration, you'll hit 1.5 bar pp[O2] just below 67 metres depth. Diving to 50 m on that and then switching to a 10%-90% oxygen-helium mix would be a much smarter idea than trying to make the whole trip on one tank of 12%.

    Sources:
    http://www.geography.hunter.cuny.edu/tbw/wc.notes/1.atmosphere/oxygen_and_human_requirements.htm
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxygen_toxicity#CITEREFClarkThom2003
    https://web.archive.org/web/20141210095431/http://www.supsalv.org/pdf/Dive%20Manual%20Rev%206%20with%20Chg%20A.pdf
    http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/4010
    http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/2232

  27. Only one (luckily one) has only happened to me heheh…I lost my reg and my buddy and I had CESA (it’s because I was young and the mouth piece was huge to mine so I couldn’t get it back in)

  28. It was the woman’s fault then for not telling about the problem because she wanted to dive and I don’t blame him for saving himself I would have done the same thing

  29. Drinking from passing coconuts while drifting at sea?! I almost cut off my fucking thumb tryna get into one in my kitchen…in front of my Japanese wife. Now I see why she was so amused…smh

  30. P.S. this shit wouldn't be here if it wasn't for white people. My black ass thanks y'all for your catlike curiosity🙏

  31. Robert Ballard himself once said he wouldn't dare to scuba dive to the Andrea Doria's wreck. It's very deep, and there are a lot of sharks.

  32. thank you for reminding me why I will never go diving… also who else is watching David shaws footage after this ?… yeah I'm that person.

  33. recreational or technical diving can and will kill you ….The dive is not over until youre back on the boat..Make sure the divemaster takes role entering and returning aboard…You can get bent any time rec or tech…

  34. What the absolute garbage is this channel? This British retard reading accident stories in his "scary voice"? Gtfo lol.

  35. Ppplllssss explane the video: one last dive. Its really creepy and i think it has something really dark behind it.

  36. Stay out of bushman's hole… there's a percentage possibility of your death on that one…. more than usual.

  37. Something about a person laying lifeless at the bottom of a lake or cave or ocean is one of the craziest things i have ever seen. Stop scuba diving people we aren't fish.

  38. Nitrogen Narcosis is the body’s reaction to an increase of the partial pressure of N2. The best analogy is at the dentist when they give laughing gas aka nitrous oxide, which is exactly what happens to a diver at depth.

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