During their ascent, Artur noticed that his wife was not pulling herself up on the line, and found that she was struggling, with her mask filling up. At a depth of 35m he decided to risk making a rapid ascent to get her back to the surface, but she lost consciousness and had a cardiac arrest on the way up.
At the surface assistance came quickly in response to Artur’s calls, but it was too late to save his wife’s life.
Home Office pathologist Dr Stephen Leadbeater said that a precise cause of death could not be determined from the post mortem. While not dismissing the possibility of lung injury, he suggested that it could have been either the heart attack, a cerebral gas embolism or a combination of the two.
Gloucestershire Coroner Katie Skerrett recorded a verdict of accidental death.
THE BODY OF THE DIVER who went missing off Plymouth Hoe on 1 July, as reported on Divernet, was found two days later. Police said that he was a 57-year-old member of BSAC club Plymouth Sound Divers.