Doctor dies on Bonaire CCR dive

DIVING NEWS

An Australian rebreather diver has died on what was reported to be a 90m solo dive off the island of Bonaire.

Dr Fiona Sharp, 55, an anaesthetist and hyperbaric-medicine specialist, was on her last dive of a week-long group trip to the southern Caribbean island on 17 October, according to 9News.

She was said to have been found unresponsive at a depth of 24m, with the closed-circuit rebreather mouthpiece out of her mouth, and could not be revived.

Dr Sharp worked at a hyperbaric medicine unit at Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth, Western Australia, and was described as “an expert in underwater emergencies” for local dive-schools.

Divers Alert Network was working with her family to arrange the return of her body to Australia.

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