Monthly Archives: June 2018

Oceanic Regulators – Worldwide Recall

There exists a possibility for the Oceanic diaphragm style regulators sold or serviced between October 1, 2017 and May 25, 2018 with a new HP Poppet to significantly restrict airflow at low tank pressures (below 500 psi), posing a drowning hazard to consumers. Any regulator with the new HP Poppet must be fitted with the new style.

For further information & instructions on how to have affected regulators rectified visit https://recall.oceanicworldwide.com/




Ex DAPPER SCAPA – Divers needed!

Ex DAPPER SCAPA is a diving expedition to Scapa Flow, Orkney, led my RAF St Mawgan’s Omega Dive Club. It will take place over the period 12-21 Oct 18. There are currently 2 spaces available for diver who hold the following qualifications:

         * Sports Diver minimum with ADP and Twinset. 

           or

       * Sports Diver with CCR.

 The personal contribution is £250 with gas (excluding air) also being a personal cost. Equipment can be supplied if needed. Unit contribution is also required – cost available on request. 

 Anyone who is interested should contact Sgt Kev Ford at [email protected]

 




Defective Throw Line

During a recent rescue drill, a defective throw line was discovered with a very low breaking strain.  Riber Products Limited (RIBER) who supplied it have identified a batch of 208 throw bags which could be at risk.

To ensure that throw bag rescue lines are fit for purpose they should be opened and checked. In particular:

  • The entire length of the rescue line should be examined for joins or other discontinuities. This can best be done by feeling along the length of the line with bare hands to identify rough patches or lumps.
  • Any knots, splices or other methods of securing the ends of the line to handles, quoits or other parts of the equipment should also be checked for integrity.
  • The throw bag should be inspected and tried at regular intervals and repacked according to the manufacturer’s instructions, as otherwise the line may not deploy freely from the bag when required.

Any throw bag rescue lines found to have joins or discontinuities should be removed from service and the original manufacturer /supplier informed.

Further details can be found in the latest Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) Safety Bulletin dated Jun 18 (click here)