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    Eric Chiu (41) died in a scuba diving accident

    https://mec.lacounty.gov/case-detail...ber=2020-06953

    ERIC CHIU
    September 29, 1978 - August 1, 2020
    (41 years )
    Case Number
    2020-06953
    Case Status
    DEFERRED Pending Additional Investigation
    Body Status
    RELEASED
    Gender
    MALE
    Ethnicity
    ASIAN
    Place of Death
    HYPERBARIC CHAMBER
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    Investigator
    DIAZ
    Deputy Medical Examiner
    DR. GUAN
    Cause A
    DEFERRED
    Cause B
    N/A
    Cause C
    N/A
    Cause D
    N/A
    Other Significant Conditions
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    http://mydeathspace.com/article/2020...iving_accident
    Last edited by raisedbywolves; 11-22-2020 at 02:23 PM.

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    He died in a hyperbaric chamber?? Wow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrhnbr View Post
    He died in a hyperbaric chamber?? Wow.
    I know. I was looking for the hiker that died due to heat and I saw this and thought what an odd place to die.

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    If he was hypoxic the hyperbaric chamber can be a desperate attempt to save his life

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    Umm....

    Manner
    ACCIDENT

    Cause A
    AIR EMBOLISM


    Quote Originally Posted by marakisses View Post
    yes i said i will leave it under you storage he said cuddle with me i said shut up it over??? what am i doing wrong??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nic B View Post
    Umm....

    Manner
    ACCIDENT

    Cause A
    AIR EMBOLISM
    Scuba diving. Bet you a dollar!

    https://www.leisurepro.com/blog/scub...-air-embolism/

    Air embolism is a medical condition characterized by an air/gas bubble or bubbles in the bloodstream, which cause a variety of problems ranging from blockage of blood supply to organs, stroke like symptoms, and possible cardiac arrest if it reaches the heart.

    The primary causes for air embolism other than Scuba diving is through air entering the bloodstream during surgery, massive trauma, air bubbles in injections, and intravenous feeds. The severity of air embolism depends upon on the size of the air bubbles in the bloodstream. Air bubbles in arteries obstruct the flow of blood through the body, and depending on its location, can cause severe complications. For example an air bubble near a artery supplying blood to a vital organ such as a kidney can cause kidney failure. Often the embolism blocks supply of blood to the brain causing stroke like symptoms where the person loses consciousness.

    Air Embolism in Scuba Diving can be caused by two reasons:

    Pulmonary Barotrauma
    Pulmonary Baratrauma is caused when air bubbles enter the bloodstream as a result of severe trauma or injury to the lungs caused by rapid ascent while holding breath. During rapid ascent the air in the lungs expand, causing lung over expansion and rupture releasing bubbles into the bloodstream. Divers probably won’t even realize their lungs have ruptured as lungs give little warning in the form of pain. Symptoms to spot Pulmonary Barotrauma are the diver surfacing in pain and discomfort, blood or frothy blood from the mouth. Divers showing symptoms of pulmonary barotraumas should immediately be treated for air embolism as well.

    Decompression Sickness (DCS)
    If the gas dissolved by the bloodstream isn’t given enough time to escape the body through decompression stops, then the trapped air is likely to form air embolism, which much less noticeable symptoms . Air embolism caused through DCS is often difficult to spot and are potentially more dangerous as they can form in the arterial system, the bubbles are smaller and they can travel to and lodge in the brain where they can cause stroke.

    Treatment
    First aid treatment for both forms of diving air embolism is to administer oxygen, place the diver in the Trendelenberg position, a slanted position with the head facing down. This is designed to trap the air bubble in the apex of the ventricle, if it has reached the heart, and also slows the rate of travel, making the embolism less likely to reach the brain or heart. The effected diver must be taken to a hospital for treatment which often involves administering of pure oxygen, and placing the patient in a hyperbaric chamber under high pressure which will force the gases in the embolism to dissolve into the blood, clearing the embolism.
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    ....and that's why a lot of Black people don't swim. I'm kidding of course, but this is scary.
    RIP.

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    Except....

    Place of Death
    HYPERBARIC CHAMBER


    Quote Originally Posted by marakisses View Post
    yes i said i will leave it under you storage he said cuddle with me i said shut up it over??? what am i doing wrong??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nic B View Post
    Except....

    Place of Death
    HYPERBARIC CHAMBER
    That fits exactly. He was probably scuba diving and started showing signs and was taken to the hyperbaric chamber for treatment, but didn't make it. It happens all the time. The hyperbaric chamber is used as a last ditch effort for scuba divers who get the bends or air embolisms, but it doesn't always work.

    ETA: It could also be free diving, same difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post
    That fits exactly. He was probably scuba diving and started showing signs and was taken to the hyperbaric chamber for treatment, but didn't make it. It happens all the time. The hyperbaric chamber is used as a last ditch effort for scuba divers who get the bends or air embolisms, but it doesn't always work.

    ETA: It could also be free diving, same difference.
    Ohhhhh, I didn't know that!! Thanks!


    Quote Originally Posted by marakisses View Post
    yes i said i will leave it under you storage he said cuddle with me i said shut up it over??? what am i doing wrong??

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    Wondering if this could be him. The date is right and he was found alive but unconscious, so they could have tried to save him with the chamber. The age says 40 and he is 41, but we see the age be off a little bit all the time in news stories and be corrected by the ME.

    https://lbpost.com/news/authorities-...-of-long-beach


    A recreational diver who fell unconscious while swimming near an oil platform called Island Eureka 8 miles off the coast of Long Beach was rescued Saturday morning.

    Multiple rescue agencies responded to a call about the unconscious diver at about 9:45 a.m., U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Benjamin McIntyre said.

    The man, 40, was pulled out of the water and was safely onboard a Baywatch Cabrillo boat, according to McIntyre.

    A Coast Guard helicopter was on route to transport the man to a hospital in Long Beach, but instead changed course and met with the boat and hoisted the man in a rescue basket.

    Rescue crews said they were going to transport the man to a medical facility on Catalina Island.

    There, the facility has a hyperbaric chamber––which is used in oxygen therapy–– for additional life-saving measures, McIntyre said.
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    Here's some discussion about the diver in the story above and what happened, assuming it's Eric:

    https://www.scubaboard.com/community...fornia.598287/

    ETA: yes, this is him. On the last page of the discussion they link Eric's GFM.
    Last edited by raisedbywolves; 11-19-2020 at 07:50 AM.

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    This isn't him, but here's some videos of what diving this rig is like.




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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post
    This isn't him, but here's some videos of what diving this rig is like.



    That's cool. It looks fun. RIP Eric

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