Thursday, October 31, 2013

Australia: US Tourist, 48, Dies in Tasmania After Getting Separated from Her Diving Buddies

According to, a US tourist, 48, died earlier this week after becoming separated from her diving group in southern Tasmania. The woman was diving off Piersons Point at Tinderbox, south of Hobart. 

Members of her diving group noticed she was missing and raised the alarm at 1300 hours on October 30 local time.

COMMENT: Police search and rescue officers brought the woman to shore at the Kingston Yacht Club. 

Paramedics performed CPR on the woman once ashore. Nevertheless, the victim was dead upon arrival at the Royal Hobart Hospital. 

Police are now attempting to contact the woman's husband and other family members in the US.

All divers, particularly when considering a diving destination abroad, should ensure they have thoroughly vetted and screened an open-water provider to ensure that they have redundant protocols in place to ensure no diver is ever alone and that the ratio of instructor-participant is easily manageable from a safety standpoint.