Accident Diving the WTF wreck

Sven Paepke died yesterday  (27 October 2007) on a Sydney Project club dive to the wreck known as the Iron Knight in 125m of water off Bermagui NSW Australia.

While descending with his buddy, Sven appeared to lose consciousness. Despite his buddy's repeated attempts to control Sven's buoyancy and re-establish his breathing, Sven and his buddy sank to the bottom in approximately 125m of water. Further attempts by his buddy and another Sydney Project diver failed to re-establish Sven's breathing and consciousness, and could not achieve positive buoyancy. With the shot line dragging in the high current, and the divers planned bottom time being exceeded, the difficult decision was made by the two divers to begin their 3.5 hour ascent.

Police advised that they plan to search for Sven's body when weather conditions allow. Until Sven's body and gear are recovered, it is likely that the cause of his death will remain unknown. Sven was diving with an Inspiration Classic rebreather.

The Sydney Project is deeply saddened to lose one of its most enthusiastic and active members. Our condolences and thoughts are with Sven's family at this difficult time.

The Sydney Project

28 October 2007
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