A Danish diver who was initially rescued after experiencing difficulties in Norway yesterday has died.
The 50-year-old man from Middelfart succumbed overnight to injuries he received while diving in Kristiansand Fjord near the Grønningen lighthouse yesterday afternoon.
“I can confirm he is dead,” Kristian Klausen from the Agder police district told Ekstra Bladet. “He was from Middelfart and his family have been informed.”
The diver was one of a group of seven diving in an area that is a popular destination for recreational divers due to the many shipwrecks there are to explore.
Rescue attempts fail
Fire brigade divers gave the man CPR after he had been transported to the surface, and a defibrillator was also used.
After two hours of onsite first aid, he was flown to hospital in Arendal, police told Norwegian broadcaster NRK.
He was then transferred to Ullevaal Hospital in Oslo where he was treated to no avail in a pressure chamber.
A deadly spot
This is not the first time a Danish diver has experienced trouble at that location.
A little more than a week ago, a 44-year-old Dane was hospitalised in Oslo after a dive at nearly the exact same spot.
In 2013, a Danish man nearly died while diving at a depth of 48 metres near a shipwreck, and in 2011, the bodies of a Danish woman and man were pulled out of a shipwreck in the fjord where they had been trapped for nine months.
Bjørn Andersen, the head of the Kristiansand diving club, said the fjord is an attractive place for divers.
“It is very busy and can be a challenging place to dive, but there are no dangerous currents,” Andersen told NRK.