Diver died on a Brittanic expedition
Posted by Greeka on 08 Jun 2009
A few days ago, on May 24th, a diver of the Brittanic shipwreck, Carl Spencer, 37, died probably from decompression sickness, commonly know as the bends, a problem caused when surfacing too quickly from a dive. Carl Spencer, father of two children, was filming the wreck of HMHS Britannicfor National Geographic when he reported to convulse at depth, a symptom of oxygen poisoning. It is said that his rebreather must have malfunctioned.
The diver was part of a 17-member crew who had come on Kea to film one the world's most famus shipwrecks. He had taken part in other three missions to film Britannic in the past, while he had also explored Titanic for Discovery Channel, which proves his long exprerience.
HMHS Brittanic was a hospital ship of the First World War. It sunk in 1916 after striking a naval mine close to the coasts of Kea island. 30 people died in that shipwreck but only 5 were buried. The other bodies were left open at sea and it is speculated that some human remains many still exist inside Brittanic. The vessel today lies at 120 m depth, on a spot affected by any wind and under special protection rules of the Greek government.