Went to a nice little event this past Sunday here in Okinawa at Kadena Marina. The Black Onyx Pacesetters (Okinawa Chapter) in conjunction with The Kandi Girls were running a charity bike and car wash, with proceeds going to a local Okinawan orphanage. It was a very well run event, with food and refreshments for [...]
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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