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  • A Diver Panics and Succumbs to Nitrogen Narcosis, Removing His Own Breathing Apparatus on Random Terrifying Scuba Accidents That Will Make You Think Twice About Diving

    (#3) A Diver Panics and Succumbs to Nitrogen Narcosis, Removing His Own Breathing Apparatus

    In April 2000, Russian diver Yuri Lipski geared up to dive at one of the world's most beautiful diving spots, the Blue Hole. Located on the east coast of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, the spot has become a must for divers who want to see the coral-lined, 394-foot-deep sink hole.

    Lipski ended up dying at around the 300-foot mark. When you go that deep, your body is often subjected to nitrogen narcosis, a mental state that starts off similar to extreme drunkenness, but can eventually cause severe mental symptoms like hallucinations, paranoia, confusion, vertigo, and eventually death.

    Lipski's body and found that the diver had been recording at the time of his death. The footage is on YouTube, and it's highly disturbing to watch the diver start to panic and thrash around. In the end, he removes his breathing apparatus and the recording stops. 

  • A Dive Group Gets Separated from Instructor, Spends 28 Hours Floating in Open Water on Random Terrifying Scuba Accidents That Will Make You Think Twice About Diving

    (#5) A Dive Group Gets Separated from Instructor, Spends 28 Hours Floating in Open Water

    While on a tour in Bali, Indonesia, a group of seven people were separated from their boat while out diving. Bad weather was to blame, and the two instructors and five Japanese women floated in open water for 28 hours before eventually reaching a rocky islet where they were rescued two days later. During that harrowing ordeal, one of the women died, with her body being found 30 kilometers from the islet, while one of the instructors went missing in the open water.

    The whole thing received even more scrutiny when it was discovered the company that took the group out on their dive was operating with an expired permit. 

  • A Russian Diver Is Cut in Half By a Boat Propeller on Random Terrifying Scuba Accidents That Will Make You Think Twice About Diving

    (#8) A Russian Diver Is Cut in Half By a Boat Propeller

    In what has got to be one of the most horrific ways to die, two divers met their tragic ends while diving in Thailand. Even though they were in the proper diving zone, upon surfacing, two men were hit by a passing speedboat, cutting one of them in half and sending the other man sinking below the surface. To survive the dangers of diving only to be cut in half by a reckless boat driver is a cruel fate, and just shows how careful you need to be of your surroundings at all times.

  • At Least Eight Divers Have Perished in Jacob's Well Due to False Exits and Blinding Silt on Random Terrifying Scuba Accidents That Will Make You Think Twice About Diving

    (#2) At Least Eight Divers Have Perished in Jacob's Well Due to False Exits and Blinding Silt

    In Texas, a beautiful diving spot known as Jacob's Well has developed a reputation as one of the most dangerous places to dive in the country.  Although alluring, at least eight divers have lost their lives in Jacob's Well, with perhaps the worst being young Richard Patton. The Southwest Texas State University student was looking for a way to move from chamber to chamber in the cave, and ended up getting stuck in a false chimney that looked like a way out. 

    In parts of this underwater cave system, the floors are covered in fine gravel or silt and if a flipper so much as brushes the surface, the stirred-up sediment completely obscures a diver's vision, effectively blinding them.

    Free-diver Diego Adame recorded his terrifying near-drowning in the caves, after he lost a flipper and had to jettison his weight belt in a dash for the surface.

    Don Dibble, a nearby dive shop owner who is usually the one to pull the remains of dead divers out of the cave, attempted to seal of the depths of the well by installing a gate to stop people from going too deep. Shortly after, he found the gate destroyed with a note saying "You can't keep us out." Although extremely dangerous, it seems the cave is too alluring to stay away. 

  • A Diver Spends 10 Hours in Darkness with His Dead Friend More Than 900 Feet Under Water on Random Terrifying Scuba Accidents That Will Make You Think Twice About Diving

    (#1) A Diver Spends 10 Hours in Darkness with His Dead Friend More Than 900 Feet Under Water

    Friends Don Shirley and Dave Shaw went diving almost 1,000 feet underwater in Bushman's Cave in South Africa when seeking to recover the remains of Deon Dreyer, who had died in the cave a decade before. More people have walked on the moon than have descended to such depths.

    Video footage recovered later revealed that Shaw lost his light at depths and became entangled in the lines he was using to hoist Dreyer's body. 

    Meanwhile, an equipment failure led to Shirley accidentally receiving too much oxygen, which can have serious or even fatal effects. Then he developed a helium bubble that caused him to lose consciousness and let go of the guideline that told him how to get back out of the caves. He was spinning, disoriented, vomiting, searching for the line in total darkness, and not even knowing which was was up towards the surface.

    Eventually Shirley righted himself, but he still had to wait in the water for another 10 hours, slowly ascending, because going up to the surface more quickly would have given him the bends, a condition when divers get "bubbles" of air in their blood from returning to the surface too fast.

    However, Shaw's body eventually floated to the surface, attached to Dreyer's.

    (A riveting and terrifying audio account of the story is available on from NPR's This American Life.)

  • Two Divers Perish During Dangerous Dive, Friends Go Back to Retrieve Their Bodies on Random Terrifying Scuba Accidents That Will Make You Think Twice About Diving

    (#6) Two Divers Perish During Dangerous Dive, Friends Go Back to Retrieve Their Bodies

    In Norway, five friends embarked on a dangerous mission to explore a deep cave system in Norway. Going past the 100-meter mark, one of the divers got stuck in a passage and signaled for help. His friend in front of him turned back and did everything he could, but horrifically had to watch his friend die in front of his eyes. The accident caused another diver to panic - which is the worst thing you can do while diving - and he died, too.

    After the survivors made it back, the authorities deemed a retrieval mission for the dead bodies to be too dangerous. But that didn't stop the original divers from planning a secret, extensive rescue mission, and seven weeks later, they went back into the dangerous cave system and successfully retrieved their fallen friends. 

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