Incident Report

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Incident Report 2020-05-01T16:26:00+00:00

Dead Mans Handshake

Incident Date


Incident Description

A famous incident during the world record breaking dives of 1978 in Keld Head. A visiting German diver passed a low bedding and cross rift area some 900m from the entrance using large back-mounted cylinders. The line subsequently was pulled a considerable distance into an impassable bedding. On his return he had trouble relocating the correct exit route even with another diver on theoutside of the constriction to assist. He eventually found his way back.

Lessons Learned

This specific incident was solved by the judicial use of lead drop weights to hold the line in place. Similar incidents can be avoided using advanced line management techniques.
Line Management Major
Gas Management Negligible
Equipment Management Minor
Equipment Failure Negligible
Training Minor
Medical Negligible
Planning Negligible
Procedural Error Negligible
Cave Environment Negligible
Weather Negligible
Other Factor Unknown