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Near-miss incident involving a diver’s umbilical

Attached is the UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) note ‘Flyer to the shipping industry’ entitled ‘Hazardous incident Norma – 21 June 2008’.

This incident was reported in the UK Association of Diving Contractors (ADC) Safety Alert 3/08 – Very near-miss incident involving a divers umbilical – which was reproduced and circulated to members under IMCA Safety Flash 15/08 (Near-miss incident involving a diver’s umbilical).

As previously stated, although the incident occurred during a diving operation being carried out in UK territorial waters, the lessons learnt are relevant world-wide to both inshore and offshore diving operations.

Members are again reminded of guidance note The selection of vessels of opportunity for diving operations – which discusses isolations and vessel permit systems.

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