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22 September, 2019
 
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Woman safe after Zenobia dive incident

British woman in good health after panicking underwater at Larnaca's Zenobia wreck

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A British woman was said to be in good health following a diving incident in Larnaca when she panicked underwater during a Zenobia dive.

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According to local media, a 27-year-old woman from the UK went diving at the Zenobia wreck on Tuesday morning around 10:30am, along with her husband and a female scuba diving instructor.

Swimming quickly to the surface during a dive can cause decompression sickness, which could cause headaches and nausea or worse

At one point, the 27-year-old woman panicked while still being underwater according to reports, with her husband and the instructor bringing her to the surface.

The woman was immediately lifted onto the expedition team’s boat where she received oxygenation therapy to treat decompression sickness. A coast guard vessel also rushed to their location and transferred the patient to an awaiting ambulance on shore.

It was not clear how deep underwater the couple had been diving at the time of the incident.

Panic underwater can be a serious situation as swimming quickly to the surface during a dive can cause decompression sickness, which could cause headaches and nausea while extreme bouts can result in death.

Reports said the woman was in good health following the incident.

Zenobia, a ship built in Sweden, capsized and sank off the coast of Larnaca in June 1980. It had arrived days earlier but then had to be towed out of the harbour due to a number of problems.

The wreck is a top diving destination in the region, said to have many exciting challenges for all sorts of divers from beginner to experienced levels.

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