A little cryptic title for my long-overdue first post in 2013, but I’ll quickly explain. Having a wisdom tooth removed is not an experience I would wish on many people, yet is something I had to go through this past week. A couple of weeks ago I got a pain at the back of my [...]
Dive Instructor Killed in Okinawa by Stonefish Sting
Sad news to report in this update, from the hot and humid shores of Okinawa. On Thursday a 58-year old Okinawan dive instructor was killed in the north of the island after being stung by a stonefish. This marks the first death in Okinawa from a stonefish in over 27 years and any death in the diving community affects people and their thinking. The cause of death sounds like it was just a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The man was giving students a lesson in shallow water on the morning of Thursday August 7th. He was standing barefoot in the water when he felt a sudden pain in his foot. Unconsciousness quickly followed and 90 minutes later he had passed away.
Whether he has other medical issues is a case for the coroner to determine. Stonefish stings are always serious, but not so often life-threatening. Now sometimes I’d be critical of people for touching the marine life, but in this case I’ve nothing but sympathy for the guy’s family as it’s most likely a freak accident. Even if you’re looking carefully where you’re putting your hands and feet while in the water, stonefish are hard to spot. My regular dive buddy is damn good at seeing these things, and I’m sure I just swim by plenty of them without noticing them. Just take a look in the photo below.
So once again, a sad day for all involved in the diving community here in Okinawa. It’s times like these you realise that the environment under the waves isn’t all Nemo and mermaids.
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