CDNN :: Laws needed to halt mounting death toll of recreational scuba divers?
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by ROBYN BRISTOW
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (30 August 2007) -- A law change may be needed to halt the mounting death toll of recreational divers, says Coroner David Crerar.
As scuba-related deaths increase, governments around the world are mulling new laws and regulations aimed at enhancing diver safety.
However, he stopped short of calling for regulations or a statutory licensing regime in a reserved decision released yesterday.
The decision followed a November inquest into the deaths of three divers off the North Canterbury coast at Motunau.
The Coroner said coroners' findings throughout New Zealand showed "alarming" similarities between deaths of recreational divers.
Eighteen divers died between 2000 and 2005 nationally...