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Fatal accidents cause investigation into snoorking masks

Recently, there have been several fatal accidents in the USA among people indulging in snoorklowanie. The connecting element in all these incidents was the use of characteristic full masks during diving, which have become extremely popular worldwide in recent years and have thus led to countless counterfeits. On the island of Maui in Hawaii, three
Published: February 4, 2018 - 13:37
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 16:26
Fatal accidents cause investigation into snoorking masks

Recently, there have been several fatal accidents in the USA among people indulging in snoorklowanie. The connecting element in all these incidents was the use of characteristic full masks during diving, which have become extremely popular worldwide in recent years and have thus led to countless counterfeits.

On the island of Maui in Hawaii, three people have already died as a result of an almost identical incident – snoorking in full mask. Such a situation could not go unnoticed and local authorities have launched an investigation into the matter. While investigators are still awaiting reports on the cause of death, some safety concerns have been raised by the design of the masks.

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Heidi Williams, the partner of one of the victims who died while using the mask stated that her boyfriend was an experienced swimmer and lifeguard. She is now considering taking legal action against the mask manufacturer.

[blockquote style=”2″]”I still cannot understand how this happened. Drowning was given as the cause of death.” – Williams said[/blockquote].

Critics of the full-face mask in question claim that its design leads to a build-up of carbon dioxide inside, which can lead to disorientation or even unconsciousness in some people.

[blockquote style=”2″]”The people who reach for this mask are mostly people who are not comfortable in the water. Since the mask has been on the market for 2-3 years, mostly beginners have been buying it. It is possible that more testing needs to be done.” – says Mark Stanley, owner of Bamboo Reef Dive Centers in San Francisco[/blockquote].

Stanley also pointed out that such users are more prone to panic attacks or hyperventilation.

[blockquote style=”2″]”You breathe with all your might, but you get the impression that the air is not reaching you at all. I think more than the mask itself, what matters here is the individual predisposition of each person.” – he said while demonstrating the mask and how it works[/blockquote].

As it turns out snoorkling is the leading cause of fatal accidents in Hawaii. The health department reports that between 2007 and 2016, 156 tourists died when they decided to enjoy the activity. However, in the recent 13 days, it has been as many as nine people, hence the authorities’ concern and desire to find the causes.

Source: ktvu.com

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Tomasz Andrukajtis
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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