Mystery death at district's diving centre

By Aaron Kendall   |   Assistant Editor   |
Wednesday 28th March 2018 8:45 am
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ANOTHER fatality has been recorded at the National Diving Centre at Tidenham with the death of a man who had reportedly fallen ill on Monday morning.

Police were called to the scene at about 11.25am but, in spite of emergency treatment, he later died.

The identity of the dead man and other details of the incident have not yet been released, so it is not known if the man was diving at the time or not.

A spokesman from South West Ambulance Service Foundation Trust said: "We attended an incident at this location with various resources, including three ambulances and a helicopter."

Police are currently working with the Health and Safety Executive to investigate the incident, but are currently treating the death as unexplained.

This is the first death at the centre since a 28 year Essex man, truck driver Wlodzimierz Jurasz died of ‘the bends’ after ascending too quickly from a depths of 71 metres, in October last year.

At an inquest, earlier this month, Gloucestershire Coroner Katie Skerrett said Mr Jurasz was the victim of a ‘tragic accident’.

Other fatalities at the centre include: Mary Restell, 54, from Tavistock in Devon died when she was diving at 60m in November 2014.

And in 2004, friends Janine Davison-Evans, 27, from Stockton-on-Tees and Hank Austin, 25, from Ascot died in a Good Friday incident.

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