16 Dec 2011

Another Tonga diver dies from decompression

1:14 pm on 16 December 2011

A second diver has died from decompression in Tonga while diving for sea cucumbers near Luanamo in Ha'apai.

The Acting Police Commissioner Taniela Faletau has told Matangi Tonga that a police inestigation showed that the 43-year-old man was diving with two other fishermen, using oxygen supplied through a plastic hose.

The deceased experienced severe abdominal pain and was taken to Luanamo island to wait for a health officer from Ha'afeva, but he died before medical help arrived.

An inquest concluded the death was caused by nitrogen accummulation in the body tissue due to decompression.

The police confirmed this was the second death from decompression for 2011 and both deaths were in Ha'apai, despite warnings from the medical and fisheries authorities,