In a region already woefully short of adequate hyperbaric emergency services for divers, chambers from Mississippi to Northwest Florida are reportedly now filling up with Covid-19 patients fighting for their lives.
As reported earlier on this site, the closest decompression chambers to the popular Oriskany dive site and Florida Panhandle Shipwreck Trail are in Mobile, Alabama which is out of state—or in Fort Myers, more than 600 miles away.
Although Visit Pensacola promotes the Oriskany dive site and Florida Panhandle Shipwreck Trail, it has not been made aware of the safety concerns rover the region's lack of hyperbaric chambers to treat decompression sickness Nicole Stacey, spokeswoman for Visit Pensacola, told Pensacola News Journal on Thursday.
She said Visit Pensacola was not involved in any effort to try to improve emergency treatment options for divers and would rely on the diving industry and those professionals in the area to remedy the situation.
According to Philippine Department of Tourism Director (DOT) Robert Alabado, the facility is expected to open at the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) in Samal this October. The hyperbaric chamber will ensure divers receive efficient medical support when diving off Samal Island, situated off Davao in Mindanao.
All divers intending to dive within Guernsey's 12-mile limit—both commercial and recreational divers—who subsequently require the use of the local hyperbaric chamber, will be charged GB£30,000 per treatment by the States of Guernsey.1 It should be noted that this fee does not include accident and emergency consultation charges (these are billed separately).