Danger in diving job
Phu Quy district is situated about 56 nautical miles from Phan Thiet city. It has the source of abundant and diversified seafood . So catching fish by diving in Phu Quy has a long-term origin, but the practice mainly carries out during the daytime. In recent years, the source of seafood is excessively exploited and become exhausted, so some fishermen decide to dive at night.
Phu Quy island district’s Long Hai commune is the home for majority of
fishermen to do diving job. Long Hai commune has currently a total of
388 boats per 30.507cv, in which boats used for diving activity make up
40%. Some boat owners said diving work at night was unlike other
seafood exploitation. This career could be done all year-round except
heavy sea or storm. Every journey prolonged from 7 to 10 days and each
diver averagely worked about 4-5 hours under the seafloor from 10-15m
deep per night. Means which the divers used to breathe was the air
compressor with a 100-200m long gas line. Because of working at night,
thanks to the self-made lights, the divers could find out seafood.
Although the boats using for diving job only carry out in the areas of
mound, shallow water-level. But diving in daytime or night also has
more risk. Some divers said there had some cases that many divers
followed the mound did not recognize how deep they stayed in, so when
problems happened such as broken gas pipes, sudden broken gas
compressor, the divers tried to surface to survive but they had not
enough time to do so and risked their life.
According to statistics on accidents by diving job of Long Hai
fishermen in recent years shows that the whole commune has more than 50
people with paralyzed legs and hands, joint pain, tinnitus and more
than 30 deaths. In addition, the divers after bossing the shows under
the sea floor also suffer from health later. Finding out the danger and
the risk of diving work, many fishermen quit diving job and choose
However, the most worry recently is that Long Hai commune still has
many fishermen doing diving job. They do not have better effective
solutions to convert their job with purpose of restriction this.