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Accident: 14346597 - Commercial Divers Drawn Into Water Pipes And Drowned

Accident: 14346597 -- Report ID: 0420600 -- Event Date: 01/10/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10038104501/16/19867389Dive Tech International Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10158698001/13/19867389Florida Power Corporation
TWO COMMERCIAL DIVERS WERE KILLED WHEN THEY WERE DRAWN INTO AN INTAKE PIPE WHICH CARRIED COOLING WATER TO A NUCLEAR REACTOR IN AN ELECTRIC GENERATING PLANT. THE PUMPING SYSTEM HAD BEEN MISTAKENLY LEFT RUNNING WHILE THE DIVERS WERE ENGAGED IN CLEANING AND INSPECTING ACTIVIES. DESPITE THE POOR VISIBILITY AND THE RESTRICTED CONFIGURATION OF THE WORK AREA, THE DIVERS WERE USING SCUBA GEAR WITH NO SURFACE LINE TENDING. SINCE ACCESS INTO THE DIVE AREA WAS THROUGH A MANHOLE, NO ONE TOPSIDE COULD MONITOR THE LOCATION OF THE INWATER DIVER. WHEN THE FIRST DIVER FAILED TO REAPPEAR IN A TIMELY FASHION, THE SECOND DIVER ENTERED THE WATER TO BEGIN A SEARCH FOR HIM. THE RESCUE DIVER ALSO BECAME TRAPPED IN THE MECHANICALLY INDUCED CURRENTS. ONLY AFTER THE PUMPS WERE SHUT DOWN WERE THE BODIES RECOVERED.
Keywords: scuba, diving, pipe, drown, manhole, diver, commercial diving, poor visibility
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 100381045 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported
2 100381045 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported
3 101586980 Occupation Not Listed

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