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Old 03-17-2019, 10:32 AM   #1
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2 divers cardiac arrest in Clearwater

Anybody have any information on the two divers brought to Seminole boat docks yesterday in Cardiac arrest? Bad gas or decompression issues?
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Old 03-17-2019, 05:36 PM   #2
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Saw nothing on the news about this.
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Old 03-18-2019, 10:44 AM   #3
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Re: 2 divers cardiac arrest in Clearwater

The one was a straight heart attack.
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Old 03-20-2019, 02:22 PM   #4
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Re: 2 divers cardiac arrest in Clearwater

I wonder if one of these was Ben Harris who owned Adventures Under the Sea dive shop on Henderson in Tampa. Ben was a hell of a nice guy and a great instructor. He certified my wife and was our go to dive shop.

I just got this email:

This is Tina Harris, Ben's wife. It is with great sorrow that I inform you of Ben's passing on March 16. He died doing what he loved to do. There are not enough words, nor is there enough space here, to describe the depth of his loss on his family and the diving community. Memorial services will be held on April 6, 2019 at 2:00 pm at Southern Funeral Care in Riverview, Florida. We are not able to resume regular business hours, but if you have gear that needs to be returned or are in need of any additional information or assistance, please contact Tina Harris.. Information about the store closing sale will be posted at a later date.
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Old 03-20-2019, 08:36 PM   #5
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Re: 2 divers cardiac arrest in Clearwater

Hey guys, I donít know too much, but here is what a well respected local Spearo had to say...

Thereís been lots of questions, comments, rumors, and concerns, regarding the passing of our friend Kim. A tragic and still unbelievable accident occurred on a fun recreational Spearfishing trip with some of my most closest friends, and trusted divers.
She had made an emergency ascent from 25í down.
We did everything we could possibly do to save her life. We were told by the Dr.ís that air bubbles had entered and blocked the bloodstream. We do not know if it was a medical condition or self inflicted injury.
This wonderful person is not here with us any longer. I can not describe the feelings that came about on the boat that day. Every one of us will never forget this tragedy. Each of us will all have thoughts and nightmares of what took place that day, for a long time. It has been the worst day at sea Iíve ever had.

I write this to tell others about Safety, maintaining, checking your equipment, dive gear, etc. If you have a problem with a piece of equipment, GET IT FIXED. If you donít want to spend the money on something to fix it right, DONíT USE IT. If itís torn, cracked, leaking, rotted, FIX IT. When itís time to service your gear, or replace it, DO IT! If your regulators are worn out and leaking, GET IT SERVICED! If you donít know how to work something, LEARN HOW TO USE IT. Get as much training as you can for the diving you are doing. Practice from time to time doing some emergency skills, it is never taught beyond Open water SCUBA Class. Practice buddy breathing a few times in your life, itís actually more difficult than you think. Buy the best dive gear you can possibly afford. Remember what you were taught in Open Water classes, and how to deal with emergency situations, and how to stay in control and keep calm. Yes this can happen in very shallow water. 35í of water is not very deep at all.
Donít be a cheap ass, or lazy, itís your life, itís also not just your life, but everyone else that is affected by the losses.

This experience has changed my outlook on who we all choose to dive with. If you donít know someone, get to know them and their knowledge level, donít assume. I will go to sea any day with my brothers, we always work as a team, itís good to know you have partners that will not give up on you in the worst possible scenario. A true friend canít be bought, one that will fight for you is priceless.

I know that Kim is in heaven and is shining on us here. I know just by knowing Kim for a short time that it is a better place already up there. An angel is with more angels. Please say a prayer for her family, and friends, and Timmy. They need it the most.
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Old 03-20-2019, 08:53 PM   #6
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Re: 2 divers cardiac arrest in Clearwater

Thanks for sharing that information. It sounds like you are implying that she had an equipment issue causing the emergency event.

A terrible day on the water - I know seeing diving accidents has also forever changed my outlook on diving. It is dangerous, even in 35 ft of water.

My condolences to the family and friends.
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