Diver gravely ill after suffering acute pulmonary complaint while diving off the Arona coast

A 60-year-old diver said to be a foreigner in Spain is seriously ill after suffering an acute pulmonary complaint* after diving between Las Galletas and Los Cristianos. Emergency services say that they were called out at midday to the incident, and that the Control Room gave telephone advice to the caller on how to help the man while in the boat on the way to Los Cristianos harbour to meet the medical crew dispatched. He was taken immediately to the Estadio Olimpico Municipal Antonio Domínguez where he was stabilized and then transferred by helicopter to University Hospital (HUC) where his condition is said to be grave.

* The Spanish is “proceso pulmonar agudo”, and someone who knows about diving says this is ” very probably due to holding breath while on an ascent to the surface. The greatest pressure change occurs in the last 10 metres to the surface. During which the internal volume in the lungs would increase rapidly. Possible outcome is a burst lung.”


  1. It sounds like this guy may have had a pulmonary oedema caused by a heart attack.

    1. Author

      You are all very kind to advise. Thank you. I would also thank Paul Pedlar Male who gave the information in quotes at the end of the post above.

  2. The bends are caused by nitrogen in the blood gassing if one ascends too quickly from depth. It normally takes a while for the bends to become apparent after a dive. If this was the case he’d have been taken to a decompression unit to re-compress him and then slowly decompressed over time. Acute pulmonary complaint sounds more like a heart attack in this case. Just my guess.

  3. Janet. In none medical terms it is ” fluid on the lung”. Often comes about after, or with a bout of pneumonia.
    It is possibly caused by a “bend” but one cannot know until they release the results.

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