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Fatal accident at swimming pool in Krakow

According to mainstream media, a diver from Warsaw has died in the swimming pool of Krakow’s Korona. It’s still too early to draw conclusions as the police and prosecutors are investigating all the circumstances of the incident. What is already known for sure is that the man was practising free diving with special weights and
Published: December 8, 2014 - 14:45
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 09:08
Fatal accident at swimming pool in Krakow

According to mainstream media, a diver from Warsaw has died in the swimming pool of Krakow’s Korona. It’s still too early to draw conclusions as the police and prosecutors are investigating all the circumstances of the incident. What is already known for sure is that the man was practising free diving with special weights and was aware of the risks he was taking.

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The victim, a 46-year-old inhabitant of Warsaw, was practising apnea diving at the Krakow swimming pool at the weekend, using special weights attached to his neck. Their task is to keep the freediver underwater for as long as possible.

This fact, among others, lulled the vigilance of the rescuers, who, when informed of the man’s intentions, were not concerned by his prolonged stay under water. When they realised that something was wrong, the man was already unconscious. Despite the rescue and resuscitation efforts, he could not be saved.

Mariusz Ciarka, a spokesman for the Małopolska police, told the media that they are now investigating whether the right procedures were followed and whether any special procedures apply during this type of training. The main question is whether the victim should be assisted by another person who could react in time.

One cannot help but feel that this is an unnecessary death that could have been avoided. While little is still known about the circumstances of the incident and it would be inappropriate to pass any judgement, it is always worth remembering to provide assistance during underwater training as you never know when things are going to go wrong.

Source: tvn24.pl

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Editor-in-chief of the DIVERS24 portal and magazine. Responsible for obtaining, translating and developing content. He also supervises all publications. Achived his first diving certification – P1 CMAS, in 2000. Has a degree in journalism and social communication. In the diving industry since 2008.
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