There are laws governing the safety of divers that work in the North Sea, that have prevented accidents and deaths occurring at the rate that was prevalent in the 1970's.
These laws have yet to be reflected in the inshore and coastal areas of the EU.
The following have happened this year:
25th January, Belgium, Olivier Rouxhet, Civil protection fire fighter diver, drowned when trapped on a sluice gate in the river Meuse during a search for two missing children.
23rd March, Spain, Javier Macias was working (upstream) on a dam, his body was recovered downstream, it looks like he went through the spillway.
28th March, Spain, Hector Mayo, A soldier with the 5th intervention Battalion based in El Ferral de Bernesga, one of a 4 man diving team, separated from his group, body recovered the day after.
27th April, Italy, Ottavio Baumgartner, Cleaning water intake grill at a the Edipower plant in Sermide in Northern Italy, found stuck on the grill with his mask off, failed to respond to treatment.
4th June, Spain, Julio Gallo, Cleaning the propeller of a tug when 'somebody' started her up, his colleague (Andres) on the other side of the prop was injured but blown clear, Gallo got sucked through the blades and cut to pieces.
7th June, Portugal, David Garrido, Fish Farm or Fish Processing Plant, Sucked up a water inlet pipe and drowned in the hour it took to get a recovery diver to him.
9th July, Spain, Daniel Heres Álvarez, diver died gathering gelidium ( a kind of kelp used to extract several foods,pharmaceutical and cosmetics components mainly agar-agar ), in north of Spain due to unsafe procedures.
It is time the regulations took into account the safety and training of commercial divers on inland and coastal waters!
This is the preamble from a petition I have created to try to get the EU parliament to improve the safety of commercial divers in Europe.
Since posting the petition, I have received notice that the subject of diver safety will be brought up at the next EU Parliament session in September. To make an impact at that time, I would like to ask as many people as possible to sign the petition, and pass it on to as many friends as they can who may also sign it.
To sign the petition, please go to: http://www.gopetitio...s.html</strong>
Thanks in advance for your help.