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DAN - MEDIA WATCH - RESPECT THE SEA
by DAN Medical Team on February 18th, 2016

Some of us may remember the fatal attack on Monique Price on 24 June 1990 near Mosselbay. Although Monique was a SCUBA diver, the attack occurred at the surface, not underwater, and she was not breathing off her SCUBA regulator at the time. As such, this was not a 'true' SCUBA event.
​On the 13th of February 2016, a diver at the Durban Aquarium was attacked by a Ragged-Tooth Shark while diving in one of the cages. It happens...

Many divers dive off parts of the KZN coast for a close encounter with Ragged-Tooth Sharks. Similar dives are undertaken in other parts of our country to dive with Zambezi or Great White Sharks.

So, the point of this blog is to remind all of us to respect the ocean and its creatures. There is a big difference between feeling safe, which often comes as a form of complacency after many event-free dives, and being safe.  

Diving is not completely safe!

But fortunately, injuries are infrequent. About 2% of the 4 or 5 per 10,000 dives that result in injuries are the result of hazardous marine life interactions. Most of these are relatively minor, but they can be serious. 

We would like to encourage all divers, and especially our DAN Members to remain vigilant when diving, and to avoid provoking aggression by handling or bumping into marine creatures and plants.

Also, we want to remind you of the DAN Hazardous Marine Life Injury Course, to increase your awareness and first-aid skills should you need them.

You can also watch a detailed presentation on Hazardous Marine Life Injury by Dr Frans Cronje for more information.

HMLI - part 1
HMLI - part 2


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