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Fatal Diving Accident Caught on Tape

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Video taped by Yuri Lipski who died in a diving accident in the "Blue Hole", Dahab, Egypt at 28.4.2000. The video shows rare footage taken by Yuri's camera, analyzed by specialists. Since 1968,...

Came here from 4Chan. Goddamn you, /x/
I dont even use 4chan alot and i know not to do shit like this.
If those were true translations, these so called specialists are morons. I have seen many dive professionals do stupid things like breaking safety rules and taking shortcuts in procedures because they thought they were experienced enough and things they taught beginners don't apply to them anymore. I have done thousands of dives and many of them technical dives (cave, deep, mixed gas and more),  I have taught hundreds of courses (from divemaster and specialty to bubblemaker),  I have always studied anything to do with diving in free time when I could so I am not another person that doesn't have a clue about diving when I say this. This diver never called for help.  Those little squeaks you hear every so often is him trying to equalize.  He descended a bit quick and equalized late often therefor because of a larger pressure build up, it gets harder to equalize, requires more of an effort (not necessarily a dangerous thing as long as you don't allow TOO much pressure build up) and then he will make those sounds.  I have experienced this with myself many times and have it on personal video so it can be heard on video. He left the group and descended with the intent to get to where he was or even a bit further when he looked at his computer. Gas narcosis is not damaging to the body, it only impairs the mind which can result in lack of ability to perform tasks with your limbs as well, you will become unconscious from narcosis at some point under enough pressure (just like laughing gas puts you to sleep, it's the exact same thing, that gas is narcotic at sea level) but that does not seem to be the case here. Oxygen at a pressure of 1.6ATA is safe for decompression, after that you risk toxicity (also not harmful to the body in scuba diving) more and more the higher the pressure gets.  Since they all seemed to be diving air (about 21% oxygen) it would no longer be safe after 66 meters depth.  The worst thing that can happen is convulsions and that will result in losing your regulator from your mouth and drowning.  This seems to be the case shortly after looking at his computer, having a fit on the ground, the sound of a regulator free flowing for a few seconds after falling out of the mouth and then lying on the ground motionless (indeed there seems to be just over a minute missing from his video but might be irrelevant anyways). As for the two loud buzzing sounds, that may have been his regulator being hard to breath in when looking upwards but they definitely were no cries for help.  Yelling into a regulator underwater does not sound like that at all. Diving is safe, it is worth it, just don't be an idiot that thinks he is invincible and can break safety rules no matter your experience.
would you agree that most diving accidents happen as a result of negligence; often negligence of some of the most basic skills, and that diving overall is safe with the right instruction?
+Blake As studies from PADI and DAN show, most accidents are caused because of negligence to following rules and from poor judgement / pushing limitations.  Diving comes with risks and not every risk can be avoided 100%.  If you start diving, it is very unlikely you will have an accident if you follow your training but there is a possibility still.
This is absolutely terrifying. Why the fuck would you go down there in the first place?
I have to agree with the big man at the end: "Not worth it."
You can go at any moment.  Would be seem any more 'worth it' at the moment of your demise driving to a job you despise?
The Blue Hole is 130m deep- more than deep enough to cause nitrogen narcosis, especially without trimix, and he was not diving with trimix. Nitrogen narcosis can happen past 30m of water. Nitrogen narcosis causes mental impairment, usually with an inappropriate sense of calm, even laughter, but sometimes conversely terror. The person is usually unable to understand they've been impaired. They will be unable to understand their surroundings and react appropriately. The onset can be rapid. Not to be confused with decompression sickness, aka "the bends". The actual mechanism of nitrogen narcosis- what actually happens to cause impairment- is not actually known, but there are some recent theories. The Blue Hole in the video has 40 acknowledged diving deaths, others say the total may be twice as high.
I find it hilarious how 90% of the people commenting have no knowledge about recreational or technical diving.
Sorry to break it down to you. But 99 percent of the world population doesn't do recreational diving. Sorry we still comment.
I agree, 1% of 7 billion is still 70 million. I mean, you should expect that the rest of the world don't actually know anything about diving, considering it could be more than 99%.
That's gotta be one of the worst ways to die. Alone, in the dark, fried at the bottom of a fuckin ocean. We should all have some respect for the dead here
There are like 2 minutes lost.... What happened? 
Well he died obviously.
I don't mean to be naive, but would someone explain what happened to him? This video is so sad. Thank you.
He hit the sand, and it likely caught his respirator, and smothered him so he couldn't recover it.
It amazes me how many people commenting about this accident here have no clue about scuba diving, recreational and technical. This video shows a young man attempting a dive he wasn't ready for. He didn't have the knowledge, the skill or the equipment to safely dive so deep. Young men sometimes can attempt foolish things to prove themselves. He took a camera along, so i assume the intention was to show this dive off to others. And he payed with his life for the risk he took willingly but ignorant of the dangers. We should all just be sad for him and his family and friends, learn from his mistakes and treat the ocen with the respect it deserves. THat would be worth more than all those uninformed speculations.
I'm 12 and I'm a qualified scuba diver
+boy rage Yoou are not a qualified diver. In Egypt maybe where you take a 2 hour long class to get a card saying you are a diver and you can really just jump to the water and peddle up and down. I went in diving classes for 3 years to get the first degree certificate so I could dive to 20meters without anyone with me. I was then no able to take a higher level certificate because I was to small (15) and I had to wait but then I stopped diving. 
This is so sad but that is way too deep to be on straight air with a single tank and on your own. The deepest that have been to was about 150 feet for one minute. I was surprised how heavy I got and how much air I needed to add to my BC just to maintain neutral buoyancy and prevent a runaway descent. The narcosis was getting unpleasant as well. 300 feet on air, on your own and with a single tank is lunacy. Unfortunately he found that out the hard way. Other divers please watch and learn.
I concur...I did a dive in Dominica back in October, we went down to 120 feet and I started feeling odd after about two minutes...I immediately signaled the dive master and ascended to about 80 feet, held on to a large rock to get my bearings and normalcy back, then signaled all was ok and continued the dive....always pay attention to how you are feeling, don't "shake off"'s not worth it.
One of them says "there are pieces of him.." what do they mean "pieces of him?" Does your body blow up when u descend that fast & that deep in the water? I'm not no way near experienced in anything having to do w/diving, so I am confused by this. Can someone answer me...nicely, please! ;-)
I want to know one thing. "Who brought that tape?"
My dive instructor got too self-confident.  Diving in Long Island Sound NY he brought a group to view, not enter, a wreck.  He took them to the surface, descended again & entered the wreck alone with no guide rope.  Found his body days later deep in the ship.  Why on earth would the guy in this video put on all those weights - suicide?
poor guy..what an terrifying way to go..i would be so scared in that situation..i do know how to swim but i wouldnt make it. I've never scuba dived before but was he at first swimming down and then realized he was sinking to fast?
Diving is one thing I'll NEVER do in my life, the idea of voluntarily go underwater and rely on a scuba mask with a snorkel terrifies me.
3.51 looks like he doesn't have his fingers left
He took a huge risk there and it didn't turn out well for him. RIP.
Well i dont know much about diving so i would like someone wiht knowledge to tell me. As i can see he went mad because of narcossis which happend because he went down too fast. But why did he went down so fast and so deep? What was the reason or i didnt get something?
Damn, that other guy really loves the protective Sign from The Witcher 2
Dude what about suicide
Did he try to reach the bottom himself and show what it looks like down there? Did he not expect the Arch? Pretty sad.
This guy had too many martinis. He probably had around 8.
Watch 5:10 to 5:15, explain that shit on the left.
+Pete sli what in the hell do you think that is???
+Jayce Caraway It's his arm. Look carefully, you can see where the wetsuit stops and his hand begins.
he probably didn't even know he was dying because of the nitrogen narcosis.
Yo he estado ahí. El blue hole de dahab en el golfo de Aqaba. Es un lugar de sumo respeto. La vibra del lugar es muy fuerte. Aparte que el sótano que forma la pendiente de casi 80° es de miedo. Al ver este vídeo recordé algunos momentos en los que entre en pánico. Pero con ayuda del divemaster pude superar. Pobre de este hombre!!!. Yo vi a algunos divemasters con 4 tanques para llegar y mantenerse a estas profundidades. En definitiva el blue hole del golfo de Aqaba es el lugar mas peligroso para hacer buceo.
Yuri killed himself. Most of you have never completed ( or attempted ) an open water dive or a solo dive. So you have no way to understand. Yuri's descent was controlled......Any novice diver that is in distress does  2 things.....1) Breathes heavily  2)  Panics. There is no experienced diver in the world ( not even an amateur) that does an Uncontrolled Descent... ( We call it uncontrolled because, the depth is beyond our control; there is no bottom we can safely achieve ) ......with his head facing down, breathing in control,takes time to look at his depth gauge and does nothing to change his decent rate. Its impossible.
+quivalla that's debatable. 2nd stage reg could be replaced with an independent backup, SpairAir. Sounds like he had neither.
엣헴엣헴! 리그베다 위키에서 순례중이 씹선비오~ 엣헴엣헴!
My observation, he did say help, was disorientated, and in the confusion went down even more and was surprised when he found himself even deeper into the ocean, panicking and taking off his mouth-piece. Then you of course say, "well it's a piece of cake going back up because you know where the light is". You don't know how this person felt at that point, maybe they were allready zoned out at that point.
More likely he had oxygen poisining, his jaws froze and couldn't keep his regulator in. At that depth you don't see any light from the surface by the way.
He obviously wasn't experienced.  If you get disoriented when diving you're supposed to blow bubbles and follow where they go, inflate your BDU and let yourself float up.  Where was his buddy?  No hand signals?  A lot of errors that are in place to prevent this type of thing.  How was he even diving 200+ feet when he didn't know the basics? At my grandparents house, they live in Florida keys and grandpa and my brothers watched a guy off the docks diving, they watched him drown and die, because he was inexperienced.  I really wish more people would get certified before taking up diving, it's fun will die if you don't know what you're doing
Blue hole's not horizontal, it's a big hole...
It starts out vertical, and there is a horizontal cave near the bottom or something like that. He also had rocks in his suit.
Didn't go back and read all the comments, but the guy is supposedly thrashing around at 17:09:56 and then it jumps to 17:11:02 to a still--what happened from 17:09:57 to to 17:11:01 (a minute and 4 seconds). Why was that cut out? What you would expect to see is him losing consciousness and then gradually sinking (or floating up) but the current should still be moving him so you should still see sand around him floating and still hear whatever that sound was (regulator)?. It jumps to a still frame. Also the sound seems very clear for being underwater. Anyone cover that in previous posts? a few seconds ago · Edited · Like
He wasn't conscious at all, seems like something made him just..not sane and wiped his head..
+Geoff Infield nice and detailed explanation Geoff. Thank u
+Geoff Infield  Hey there, great explanation! I dive my self, but never any deeper at 25 meters, and I dive in nordic oceans = Dry suit. nonetheless, my question is as follows : Any sane person would keep their BCD somewhat tightly strapped on, but at his speed of descent he could not have very much air in his BCD, nor at 90 Meters since we never hear the overfilling plugs pop ? im thinking with that much weight, at that depth, and so little air in the west. Wouldn't it actually squeeze the poor man rather super tight ? 
Either poorly trained, a lazy student or he committed suicide. Direct from the training books: - Around 32m on air and nitrogen narcosis kicks in which is like getting drunk. - On air, 56.6m or max of 66.6m and oxygen poisoning kicks in, paralyzing the jaws (unable to keep regulator in the mouth) and limbs, including convulsion.
He was a diving instructor. 
Being over-weighted is a common problem for new divers, but if he was using a different wet suit or lost weight, he may have different weight requirements potentially making him over weighted. As he descended he might have over inflated the BC and if it was old it could have burst(sound for help), therefore providing him zero positive buoyancy.  Also as you go deeper the amount buoyancy provide by any air trapped in the BC and the buoyancy provided by the weight suit decreases as well make the decent increase.   Normally you would use a weight system with a quick release, but if he stuffed the weights in his BC he may not have been able to dump the weights.  Once he got below 150 ft the nitrogen narcosis could have kicked in and make him less effective, especially if he was taking medication or have been drinking.  If i were in this position for some crazy reason would remove the BC and then separate the tank, but if he was doing this he might have lost the regulator trying to achieve this.
nitrogen narcosis? 
No, there are several blue holes but this one was in the red sea in Egypt. There is another one in Beliza and it's deeper than this one
Am I the only one that thinks his hand looks cramped when he shows his computer on camera?
i got to say... this has to be the lamest diving death i have ever seen. he goes down alone, for whatever reason.  then his pushing himself against the muddy button, and somehow loses his regulator he breaths with and dies ?  dumbass of the year.  he should have never been allowed to dive. 
Did you watch the video? He had a buddy diver who is even shown as he passes him in the video. However, he had too many weights on and went down first and a lot faster and his buddy never caught up with him.
+yvettegr Too many weights? Thank makes no sense. He could have ditched them easily, or just inflated his BC.
MY BIGGEST FEAR why am i watching this ( / , \ )
I am fairly confident he didn't say anything at all, least of all "Help".  First of all, was English his native language? Also, the sound was very mechanical, not a normal voice, even via a regulator.  He was very well aware that no one could hear him, unless he would have been saying something for the recording.  He was not yet breathing heavily and wasn't yet in trouble at that point anyway.  When he got to the bottom, he was showing off to the camera how deep he went. (I didn't see any cramping either.  That is just how your hand works when you flex your arm to see your computer on your wrist.) Besides that, the squeaking sound did not sound human but more like the regulator making a noise upon inspiration, which mine used to do at times.  You can even hear a bit of a squeak later in the video after it was at depth.  Besides, if you listen, the sound was upon inhalation, not upon exhalation. Finally, it looked to me that he tried to get to the bottom, take a video of it to show off to his buddies when he got back up...and then something went wrong.  He was not down there very long and would not be able to stay for more than just a couple of minutes at that depth anyway without getting bent and he clearly had no plans to do decompression dives.  So, he didn't plan to stay down long.  Based upon how rapid his descent was, he clearly intended to get down fast, record proof of how deep it was, look around for a minute and get back up.  I would be surprised if the problem was that he ran out of air, as he never started his ascent.  I wonder if they did an autopsy to see if he had a medical emergency right before he fell face first into the dirt and was not able to ascend. Oh, I dove for years and am a speech-language pathologist...which is why I am pretty certain he wasn't asking for help.
He descended way to fast should of dropped his weights but he probably got narked and for you non divers that basically means your drugged up underwater you have no clue what's going on but it's hard to tell its a great sport but dangerous if you don't know what your doing
He dived so deep that the water above him was too heavy and it started to push him down.
+Tyler Matatich Thanks for pointing that out, I doubted myself for a moment there. Cheers mate + Emanuel Matei Cheers for busting my balls , it means a lot . Go fuck yourself
wow, this has to be one of the most poorly translated videos I've ever seen.
Did something drag him down? From early on when they say he was safe, he was asking for help. Like he knew he lost of control for some reason. At which point he descends fast, but you'd think, he might still scream for help but if no one is around why waste your breath? Maybe he had too much weight, couldn't untie the weights, needed help to untie, no help came, stuck weights dragged him down, he struggles to still get it off, pressure gets to him, poor man dies.
+FloatingBreeze just stfu man. They show 3 or 4 different groups watching the same vid. You know something we don't prove it! If not stop acting like my 5 yr old retarded son
+Sleepless4Life Damn bro thats fucked up how u called your son retarded.
5:38 One of the most priceless reactions I have seen in youtube
Lipski died at just over 300 feet underwater. At this depth, the body is subject to nitrogen narcosis, which can play havoc on the mind by inducing overconfidence, euphoria, hallucinations, confusion, and impaired judgment. It didn't help that Lipski had just one tank full of air — technical divers are better served by multiple tanks filled with trimix, a combination of oxygen, nitrogen, and helium that reduces narcosis.
+Doug Evans ...And I just realized someone else has already posted that link below. I'll show myself out!
Lmao in the beginning the on the left is just like k. 
The only thing I can think of is that he somehow got confused in which direction he was swimming in and thought he was swimming upwards after finding out about the oxygen tank? Never been diving myself but I'm pretty sure it's unlikely though.
the bubbles always tell which way is up
+Sighborg Guy Nitrogen Narcosis. At that depth the nitrogen in his air mix would have made him act as if he were drunk. It affects your judgement, your motor reflexes, and your memory. That's why deep divers divers use exotic air mixes. Usually helium and oxygen.
Seems like he got dragged down by something..Don't see how anyone can be that dumb especially if he's an instructor.Not to mention if he did say help that compels me to believe it even more so.Because as he was saying help it was almost as if he was trying to swim back to the reef as if something grabbed onto his leg..Pretty odd..
He most likely got hit with narcosis. He may have even thought he was going up. not down. The fact that he was calling out is a sign he was not himself. Very sad but a lesson to all who dive on air below 40m. .
Why do they keep diving there?
People need to make this distinction...this is a video, not a view into what he was actually SEEING.......unfortunately, who knows what he was really "seeing". Just because WE can see the gauge clearly, doesn't mean he was able to or even knew what he was doing anymore.
KEN! KEN?! Ken ken ken. Ken.
His descent was too fast. Probably narcosis. Many factors and effects different on different people. Today you're fine but tomorrow you may not be able to do the same.Over 80m oxygen becomes toxic. I'm no technical diver, but you want to dive deeper than that you use trimix. When doing an openwater dive it is very easy to lose track of descent rate and when you start to panic, it gets worse. Golden rule is never move further away than arms length from your buddy. Deep diving takes time to get your body used to the pressure. To say that he was an instructor means nothing. I have dived with many instructors having the minimum required dives. That is not experience. I have dived with old boys with an openwater 1 qualification, but with 4000 dives behind them. There are old divers and bold divers, but there are no old bold divers.
Listen guys to anyone who knows about this sport properly,he died from misadventure and diving passed his certification. At that depth the mind does crazy things with nitrogen narcosis. Even with a clear mind with the pressure at that depth a standard BCD would probably not inflate. Any buddy would have stopped also at the right depth otherwise we be watching two die. Scuba is one the greatest sports on earth but you must only dive to your technical ability and certification Don't just think depth kills research cave diving deaths from divers not following rules. Rest in peace to the Dahab diver and learn from this tragedy
They said diving isn't worth it but it's ok if are not so stupid as this guy that takes too much and is too heavy so he sinks and gets entengled (why didn't he inflate his bcd).
It doesn't matter how many accomplishments, classes, titles, or even that you have the best equipment, those things go out the window once you reach a certain depth, which is never certain because it has so many variables (body stats such as age, gender, fitness level, type of air, equipment, currents and water temp, visibility, etc...)....
I have two series. 1 is total BS the other is maybe. and my theories are mermaid murder, or swept away by a current. you decide which is which. :P
i beleive that when he was going face down he must had passed out then the body was tangled and where the hell is this place anyway is it the Bermuda triangle.
1) He didn't decend face down. No scuba diver does that. 2) His body didn't get entangled in anything. 3) What does decending face down (which he didn't) have to do with entangling yourself in something. 4) Because that place is in egypt, not in the bermuda triangle. That's why :)
Regardless the case. He's dead! It was a terrible event that occurred and no one will ever know exactly what happened, except that it did and its tragic.
Maybe a demon pulled or compelled him to go down and perish there.  
+quivalla You know satire and sarcasm is impossible to detect by reading a comment right? There was nothing in your comment to suggest you weren't serious.
what the hell was going on here? did he tried to kill himself on purpose or was this an accident? 
It was an accident. As somone explained above, he was simply unprepared and foolish
+Michael Harrell And he still  owed money (CC) on the weights.  Nobody told him he might have to drop them to save his life.
What about he tried to commit suicide? If you are panicked, would you look on your depth meter?
He clearly died because he was not able to move.
Weird guy at end and shame he died so what all 4 of my brothers were shot and unfortunately I don't have anymore brothers hate talking about it
You sure do love grabbing attention for a guy that hates talking about it.
nobody else's deaths matter because my brothers died.
And there's an activity I'll never engage in hahahaha.
I've watched this at least 10 times now and I still can't figure out exactly what happened. Did he mean to go that deep? Or did he start descending uncontrollably?
He drowned he went down with only one tank of oxygen and oxygen is made up of 78% nitrogen which is toxic at certain depths when diving and he was an Israeli not Russian.
+Christopher Lopez Except he claimed that oxygen is 78% nitrogen. Read it again.
I guess what he's trying to say is the air we breathe is 78% nitrogen. And only 20% or so is oxygen.
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Hate to say it, it looks like SOMETHING (shark?/don't know what) dragged him down ! From shallow water to the bottom, inflating BCD?, dropping weights? Loosing find like in struggle? RIP There was a reason he looked at a gage
Okay. Whatever you say buddy. Have fun spending your life inside.
He didn't descend by choice. Diver's wear a weight belt to keep them from going back above water. Once he started descending he clearly began panicking and wasn't thinking rationally enough to remove his belt
Loads of things could have gone wrong
Just speculating but these are my thoughts: He started descending too fast, either because he was overweighted or because he was being foolish. He then got narked (nitrogen narcosis) and lost his sense of judgement. He was not in the correct state of mind to realize that he needed drop his weights, power-inflate, etc. The fact that he wasn't monitoring his computer until the very end suggests he wasn't thinking clearly. In the end it seems as though he panicked, lost his regulator, and drowned.
that should be seen in every dive course ..
You need to learn how to remain calm if you want to dive deep. He wasn't that experienced of a diver. He should have surfaced when his companion left him. Most of all you don't just drop your weights and ascend as fast as you can...that would lead to Narcosis and certain death.
2 things, the blue hole has a kinda hypnotising effect on people and all they want to do is go further down (i've experienced it myself) and at that depth the nitrogen in your air begins to act as a sort of drug, notice how one of the men commented that he was out of it
If he had a newer BC from sherwood, oceanic, seaquest, of course he should have dropped the weights if he was descending too quickly. Controlled decent and ascent are essential for safe diving. Practice in a shallow pool and shallow river (Rainbow River, FL) to get the hang of a hundred times if necessary to make it like second nature.
Honestly, thats the danger of the sport man. It sucks you have to overcome that obstacle. Dropping your weights will just mess with your bouyancy which is of upmost importance during cave dives
I almost drowned when I was 5. It fucking scarred me for life.
being a diver myself this shit scared me and i don't scare easily
what a sick bitches , look at them they enjoy
Being a recreational diving instructor does not qualify you to dive to this depth. You need different equipment, gases, training ... indoor climbing instructor is also not qualified to climb the peaks of Himalayas.
I mean Thats how i hope i would deal with the situation
Rapid descent is "just" additional factor that increases narcosis. Below 50 meters is on air everybody narced but in good conditions experienced divers can handle it, below 90 nobody can handle narcosis on air (79% of Nitrogen in the gas), not talking about extreme risk of oxygen toxicity. If you are lucky, and you do some deco, you can survive that but its just matter of luck. Thats why we (Tec divers) use Helium in our gas (Trimix) to decrease level of oxygen and nitrogen to acceptable level
You can start to feel the effects of nitrogen narcosis in as little as 100 feet of water. The top of the Arch that he was swimming for is at 51 meters (at least 150 feet down). Trying to do that on regular air was crazy. Nitrogen narcosis is like being drunk. It affects your judgement. You can see in the video that he completely loses his bearings and starts swimming for the bottom. When he loses his regulator, he can't even figure out that he needs to put it back in his mouth.
camera stop at 17:09:56 , but start again at 17:11:02! Mystery.
I think I can figure out why he kept going down. He obviously could have swam up much more soon. but he didnt. I think his goal was to show something, on camrea. apperently this was made awhile ago because diving equitment was upgraded to more oxegen, thats how they got the camrea. I think he risked his life too show them something the couldnt believe. I dont know, remember this is just me. Its fine if you hate or call me a *retard*. this is my thoughts and I believe them.
I'm so confused. What happened to him exactly??
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