The most horrific death imaginable is the killing of five divers during the Bayford Dolphin accident

The most horrific death imaginable is the killing of five divers during the Bayford Dolphin accident

This horrific incident happened in the 1980s

Of all the possible ways to get out of this world, five divers suffered the most gruesome deaths imaginable after a horrific accident in 1983.

From bizarre torture methods like scavenger hunts to the horrific death of a Japanese man after an accident at a nuclear power plant, there are some truly horrific approaches to be taken.

But the Byford Dolphin incident is enough to send shivers down your spine.

A group of people were working as “saturation divers” near the Byford Dolphin oil platform in the North Sea, which involves about 1,000 divers working below the surface to carry out construction and maintenance work on structures such as oil platforms.

Working at such extreme depths, divers need to breathe compressed air, which dissolves the nitrogen in their blood.

Deep diving poses risks when resurfacing, as ascending too quickly can cause nitrogen bubbles to form in the body, a condition commonly called “bends.”

The group lived in a pressurized facility during their time. This included the living quarters and an area called the “diving bell”.

The diving bell was separate from the other units and locked.

The catalyst for the accident was the diving bell sounding too early before the doors were fully closed.

A diagram of the Byford's Dolphin accident.

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This meant that the area where the crew lived dropped from nine atmospheres to one — normal surface air pressure — instantly.

It usually takes days for divers to safely return to the surface at the depth at which the Bayford Dolphin crew was working.

William Cramond, the “tender” who was assisting the divers, was struck by a diving bell as it flew away and killed.

Things were much worse for the four divers: Edwin Coward, Roy Lucas, Björn Bergersen, and Truls Hellevik.

The rapid pressure drop turned the nitrogen in the blood of three divers into bubbles, effectively boiling them from the inside.

Byford Dolphin.

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but this is not all. One of the divers somehow had it worse, as the pressure from the decompression forced his body into a 60cm diameter hole.

This led to his body being “splintered”, with the internal organs in his chest and abdomen expelled by the pressure and scattered around the room, with some of his parts being found ten meters away.

Martin Saunders, another bidder, was the only survivor but was left in a critical condition after the horrific accident. His injuries required multiple surgeries and lengthy rehabilitation.

Byford Dolphin was the scene of another accident in 2002, when a 44-year-old Norwegian worker working on the platform was struck on the head and died in an industrial accident.

In 2016, the Byford Dolphin platform was discontinued.

Featured image credit: Wikipedia Commons

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