Dive Bombed

  • Season 3
  • Aired 05/15/2008
  • 3,174 Views

Three guys learn the hard way not to scuba dive and fly in the same day.

(announcer)THE PASSENGERSIN THIS TWIN-ENGINE CESSNA

ARE ABOUT TO DIE.

CAUSE OF DEATH?

NOT WHAT YOU THINK.

IF WE BACK UP TO THE BEGINNINGOF THIS STORY,

IT'S CERTAINLY NOTHOW THESE THREE FRIENDS

THOUGHT THEIR DAYOR LIVES WOULD END.

RICHARD PAXONAND HIS TWO PALS

HAD BEEN EXPLORING THE REEFSBY CABO SAN LUCAS

FOR THE LAST THREE DAYS.

THEY DECIDED TO SQUEEZE INONE LAST DIVE

BEFORE HEADING HOME.

[lighthearted music]

AFTER AN HOUR AT 45 FEET,

THE DIVERS MADE THEIR WAYBACK TO THE SURFACE,

MAKING SURE TO COME UPSLOWLY ENOUGH

TO SAFELY RELEASE NITROGEN GASSTORED UP IN THEIR BLOODSTREAMS.

DECOMPRESSION SICKNESS,COMMONLY REFERRED TO

AS "THE BENDS,"

POSES A SERIOUS THREATTO ANYONE WHO SCUBA DIVES.

[air hissing]

CATALINA ISLAND HOUSES

THE LARGEST HYPERBARIC CHAMBERIN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.

HYPERBARIC COMESFROM THE WORD "HYPER,"

MEANING ABOVE NORMAL,

AND "BARIC,"MEANING OF PRESSURE.

IF A DIVER IS SUFFERINGFROM THE BENDS,

HE'S BROUGHT HEREFOR TREATMENT.

WHAT DECOMPRESSION SICKNESS IS--IT'S NORMALLY CALLED THE BENDS.

AS YOU GO DOWN UNDERWATER,

BREATHING AIR OFFA SCUBA CYLINDER,

THE AIR IN THE TANK HASABOUT 80% NITROGEN.

AND SO THE DEEPER WE GO,

AND THE LONGER WE STAYUNDERWATER,

THE MORE THIS NITROGENGETS DISSOLVED IN THE BODY.

AS WE COME UP, IF THE GAS ISN'TRELEASED SLOW ENOUGH,

THAT GAS COULD THENCOME OUT OF SOLUTION

IN THE FORM OF BUBBLES.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN ISYOU'LL HAVE BUBBLES

THAT COULD FORMAROUND THE JOINTS

AND CAUSE PAIN IN THE JOINTS.

YOU COULD HAVE BUBBLESIMPINGING UPON NERVES,

LEADING UP, SOMETIMES,TO FULL PARALYSIS.

[bubbling sounds]

(announcer)RICHARD WAS EAGER TO GET BACKINTO HIS NEW TOY--

A PRESENT HE GAVE HIMSELFFOR GETTING HIS CERTIFICATION

TO FLY A TWIN-ENGINEAIRCRAFT.

IN HIS EXCITEMENT HE FORGOT

ONE OF THE CARDINAL RULESOF DIVING:

NEVER DIVE AND FLYTHE SAME DAY.

AS SOON AS THEUNPRESSURIZED PLANE CLIMBED OUT

AND REACHEDITS CRUISING ALTITUDE

OF 12,000 FEET,

RICHARD AND HIS FRIENDS BEGANTO FEEL THE FIRST SYMPTOMS

OF D.C.S.

THE HIGHER THE ALTITUDE,THE HIGHER THE PROBABILITY

OF DEVELOPINGDECOMPRESSION SICKNESS.

PROBABLY THE WORST SCENARIOWOULD BE

SOMETHING CALLEDA VESTIBULAR HIT,

WHERE BUBBLES FORMIN THE BALANCE MECHANISM--

THE EAR--

AND YOU END UP WITHJUST SEVERE NAUSEA,

SEVERE VERTIGO OR DIZZINESS.

IT'S A REALLY BAD IDEATO FLY FOLLOWING A DIVE, YEAH.

(announcer)WITH RICHARD AT THE CONTROLSOF THE PLANE,

BUT LOSING CONTROLOF HIS MIND AND BODY,

IT WAS THE ALL-TIMEWORST CASE SCENARIO.

THE THREE MEN,

INCAPACITATED BY THE BENDS,

COULD ONLY WATCH IN HORRORAS THEIR PLANE AUGERED

STRAIGHT INTO A MOUNTAINSIDE.

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