21st September 2014

Diving Incident Statistics

A sample of cases where DAN Asia-Pacific was contacted during April 2012

Indonesia (Bali) Lung Rupture Diver presented to local clinic with chest pain and scans showed a lung rupture. He was successfully managed in the clinic on oxygen.
Australia (NSW) Inner / Middle Ear Barotrauma or DCI Full feeling in ear and substantial hearing loss on surfacing from dive. Referred to ENT Specialist / Hyperbaric Consult.
Papua New Guinea DCI Red / Purple itchy rash arose post diving. Was successfully managed by being placed on oxygen for many hours.
Thailand Death from unknown causes Deep breathhold diver under training was found dead in bed post diving.
Vietnam DCI Commercial diver paralysed after diving. Evacuation Suggested. (Note: DAN AP does not cover commercial divers)
Bali DCI Diver surfaced from 120m dive and soon felt dizzy, weak and began coughing. She was transferred to the nearest chamber by ambulance and treated successfully.
Australia / Fiji Mild DCI Diver developed bad knee pain and tingling after dives in Fiji. Symptoms settled without treatment but returned after flying. Referred to chamber.

Inner or Middle Ear Barotrauma

One hour post dive the diver was unsteady on feet, had hearing loss and ringing in ears. Referred to doctor.

The above is just a selected sample. The DAN AP DES hotline dealt with many more calls from non-members who required emergency advice. 

Member v Non-Member. All divers can call the DAN Emergency Hotlines for advice. However, DAN can only arrange treatment, evacuations and guarantee payment for current Members only.

NOTE: The above statistics do not include calls for help received via DAN America, DAN Europe, DAN Southern Africa or DAN Japan.


Who is the Divers Alert Network (DAN)?

For scuba divers worldwide, DAN means safety, health and peace of mind. DAN are the experts in diving accident management. The organisation is committed to improving the safety of diving for all divers. DAN strives to achieve this goal via activities that include providing Worldwide Emergency Evacuation Coverage and optional Dive Injury Insurance Services for Members; funding and/or manning 24-hour diving emergency hotlines throughout the region; offering non-emergency diving medical advice, accident management training; and undertaking data collection and research to enhance dive safety. www.danasiapacific.org. BACK