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'[OT!]RE: carbon dioxide removal for life support'
1999\08\19@225137 by Craig Lee

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Smithers!!

Have you been skulking in Monty's bathtub again!!

(I am a very sick P.IC)

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1999\08\19@225946 by William M. Smithers

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On Thu, 19 Aug 1999, Craig Lee wrote:

> Smithers!!
>
> Have you been skulking in Monty's bathtub again!!
>
> (I am a very sick P.IC)
>

Busted!!  Damn, it's a small world...

-Will
P.S. Dudes, in case you're wondering, there's a list for rebreather nerds.




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1999\08\20@103324 by Reginald Neale

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>-Will
>P.S. Dudes, in case you're wondering, there's a list for rebreather nerds.

  Actually, what I'm more curious about is whether about this is
  considered a "life-support" application, and how you handle
  the potential liability issues.

  Reg Neale

1999\08\20@122134 by William M. Smithers

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On Fri, 20 Aug 1999, Reginald Neale wrote:

> >P.S. Dudes, in case you're wondering, there's a list for rebreather nerds.
>
>    Actually, what I'm more curious about is whether about this is
>    considered a "life-support" application, and how you handle
>    the potential liability issues.
>

Good question.  No, it's not considered Life Support equipment.
On the liability front, it's pretty much "two strikes and you're
out" from the insurance companies - meaning they'll cover you
for one or two deaths, but after that, you're on your own.

Most of the rebreather manufacturers adopt a legal strategy
of maintaining a low net worth. ;)

Frankly, I'm amazed that nobody has gotten sued yet.  Of
the four primary manufacturers of closed-circuit rebreathers,
all but one have had accidental deaths on their units (I think
the total, excluding the military, is about 12 in the past
several years).  That's remarkably high when you consider that
until last year, there were only about 250 units in existence
outside the military (thanks to one manufacturer in England,
the total is now up around 500-600).

Almost without exception, the deaths were due to user error,
but still, I'd expect somebody to get sued anyway.  Diving
a closed-circuit rebreather is an activity to take very
seriously - they'll kill you fast if you don't stay on the ball.
As an indication, A Nobel Prize winning Physicist got whacked
earlier this year because he got complacent.

Bodies are currently dropping at a rate of about one every
two months right now, so I expect it's only a matter of
time...

-Will

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