Diving fatality in the Blue Hole, Dahab: Barbara Dillinger

by administrator on October 30, 2010

Various videos on the web show a badly decomposed body lying somewhere on the sloping floor of the Blue Hole, and people believe this to be Barbara Dillinger (RIP 1974-1998), an Argentenian woman. After watching an interview by a dive centre staff in the documentary "The Sacred Truth: The Blue Hole of Dahab" by Elena Konstantinou, I wanted to set the record straight. According to the interview, died as a result of a burst lung from rapid ascent in the Blue Hole of Dahab. During her dive she must have panicked probably due to a combination of nitrogen narcosis and the eerie atmosphere created by the arch and the Blue Hole itself, and she swam up to the surface too quickly without exhaling properly, which causes the lungs to over-expand due to the dropping water pressure as you go up towards the surface. She was taken to staff at a dive centre and then put on an ambulance to Dahab, where her she was let down by luck; the oxygen tanks were almost empty, and the ambulance would also ran out of fuel on the way. She passed away whilst her rescuers were waiting for fuel to arrive. ----- Background Dozens of people die every year in the Blue Hole, the true figures have never been revealed by the Egyptian authorities. Many dive centres are willing to guide inexperienced people through the arch which opens up from about 55m down inside the Blue Hole. 55m is very close to the limit set by most diver training agenices as the maximum recommended depth for diving air, which contains a ...

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stussyboys October 30, 2010 at 10:55 pm

People who are susceptible to panic attacks should not dive period.

stussyboys October 30, 2010 at 11:12 pm

the truth is these people running these dives centres havnet a fuckin clue what they are doing they are all trying to live the dream and fuck the consequences ive worked in a few dive centres trust me if u knew how easy it was to become a dive master u would be shocked not only that from my own experiance most people genuinly suck at diving and are extremely careless and thats the instructors themselves

stussyboys October 30, 2010 at 11:56 pm

people do a few dives a year and think they are all that, what they dont realise is that unless u dive consistantly and i mean weekly lik i used to u are just not ready for doing dives such as the blue hole it amazes me when people go onb holiday and suggest doing dives like that u need at least a good month of prior diving leading up to such a dive get real people

thegirl44 October 31, 2010 at 12:22 am

Thanks, Elena. It’s nice to know that we can get the facts from a knowledgable source such as yourself.
Completely unrelated comment, amazing how well preserved the gear stays down there after such a long time.

overseasmedia October 31, 2010 at 1:05 am

@thegirl44 In fact it’s very unusual for a family not to look for a body, even if it’s really deep like 250 m they can use ROVs. But the accidents I was talking about in the film took place long time ago, there were less tech divers to dive 100m+ to recover the bodies.

thegirl44 October 31, 2010 at 1:39 am

I understand that the families sometimes opt to leave the body in the body of water but is it not unusual for family not to come looking for a missing loved one?
Or, did the family perhaps come looking and the story just got lost along the way?

overseasmedia October 31, 2010 at 1:42 am

@thegirl44 I assume that’s Steve, no proof though

thegirl44 October 31, 2010 at 1:50 am

Does anyone in the dive comminity know if it’s more common for a body to be left or for it to be recovered?
Does anyone keep facts and figures relating to this?

thegirl44 October 31, 2010 at 2:31 am

I wondered if it was Steve after I noticed that you or your sister had commented on a video that it was likely a diver that “disappeared on a night dive”.

thegirl44 October 31, 2010 at 2:31 am

So, have they ever identified who the body that appears in many videos on this site is?

GerardoOchoa October 31, 2010 at 2:59 am

Yet another proof of how overrated the buddy system is. If a buddy is a fool, it is more dangerous to be with him/her that alone

overseasmedia October 31, 2010 at 3:49 am

hugboxx : What a bullshit, I know 7 people by now who PLANNED VERY ACCURATELY and still ended up at the bottom. when YOU SAY “PLAN ACCURATELY…” what do you mean?

overseasmedia October 31, 2010 at 4:07 am

Stumpy109: That’s what they talk about in the film. How she “died” , she died of DCS on the surface

overseasmedia October 31, 2010 at 4:23 am

ASSEMblerEX: More likely Steve (watch the episode 2 of my documentary)

alinardelean October 31, 2010 at 5:05 am

Davy Jones it’s there mate…

oasis4ever92 October 31, 2010 at 5:45 am

if you type in “fatal dive accidents in blue hole, Dahab episode (1,2,3 or 6)” it will tell u about the man described at the end of this video

ASSEMblerEX October 31, 2010 at 5:57 am

So who is at the bottom of blue hole?????

FEDEMADAGASCAR October 31, 2010 at 6:44 am

Si? Che y que onda, que mas sabes de barbara, por que desde que supe la historia siempre quise saber de ella, de su vida tambien quisiera saber como era.
De donde sacaste ese dato?
muchas gracias por responder, y si sabes algo por si o no me gustaira q me contestes saludos.

saipoc100 October 31, 2010 at 7:27 am

si es argentina, se gano un viaje en el programa sumergidos, pobre mina

MrsPoodle78 October 31, 2010 at 7:54 am

Nice Hooka, real subtle !

murkydiver October 31, 2010 at 8:42 am

It is an extremely technical dive. One needs mixed gas and a deco plan to attempt this dive. Those divers without this training or expertise are just committing suicide. You think the trail of grave markers would wake people up…sad and tragic. It makes diving look dangerous and it is not when done properly!

FEDEMADAGASCAR October 31, 2010 at 9:05 am

Guau… hace bastante que sabia sobre el blue hole y de la muerte de barbara.
Y ahora me vengo a enterar que es argentina… que bajon:(

Stumpy109 October 31, 2010 at 9:44 am

how did she died?

TomTIGER69 October 31, 2010 at 10:42 am

You might be just looking in a mirror Get over it . I never dove there. So i keep my mind open to all possibilities.

Might be just a great place to get rid of someone you don’t like anymore.

You are observing people die because life in a body Appears terminal .

People plan perfectly and they die.
I was trained for Viet Nam in a place called Tigerland .i am well aware of demented dimensional shifts & can handle them well. Thanks for bringing me back here

hugboxx October 31, 2010 at 11:23 am

You fucking idiot.
People die there because they don’t plan accurately; it’s a dangerous place and they come like you with zapped brains, talking about vibrations and dimensional shifts, thinking that the sea is a big blue comforter with lovely anthropomorphic fishies in it.

You fucking clown.

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