4CA - Queensland's Home for Fake News

4CA - Queensland's Home for Fake News
4CA - Queensland's Home for Fake News Led by John "Cueball" Mackenzie

17 January 2017


Leaders of the Far North tourism industry have been given a secret, bombshell report that identifies the likely cause of the huge increase in tourist deaths while snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef. 

These same tourism "leaders" are now all busy denying the existence of this report and, with the assistance of Member for Leichhardt and Minister for Blogs Warren Entsch, are apparently hiding the report from the lamestream media and the public.

Despite decades of working to broaden the tourism offerings in and around Cairns, the fact remains that the primary drawcard is the Reef.  And the standard offering is a day-trip to the Reef on Quicksilver - who you can hardly avoid given their near-monopoly on these overpriced (to many) junkets to splash around while being served a pedestrian lunch of slop.  Quicksilver owns Wavedancer, ProDive Cairns, Silver Series, Poseidon, and Great Adventures - along with Green Island.  Since beginning to consolidate all these tour businesses prices have skyrocketed making it the #1 tourism gouge in Australia.  But we digress. . . .

With the "Reef is Dying" news is known to many potential tourists around the world, a visit to Cairns is still the #1 Bucket List travel item for baby boomers now entering their silver years.  Few expect that their reef visit will result in kicking this same bucket, and quickly becoming their (exceptionally short) twilight years.  Giving "Reef Dying" a result that most wouldn't expect.

Recent deaths of two French tourists in November, 2016 - both on the same day - has resulted in a report commissioned on identifying the causation for the huge increase in so-called heart attack-related deaths.  And the report is now being hidden, while tourism sources have found that blaming it on Irukandji stings (never found by the hospital or coroner in these deaths) is better than what they now know.  And what YOU now know!

Medical professionals in the Bahamas have identified serious flaws in the standard "snorkel" breathing device that can trigger a heart attack-like event in swimmers.  Essentially - cheap, single-tube snorkels of the kind piled in crates on the deck of Quicksilver's pontoons allow divers to rebreathe air they've just exhaled, depriving the lungs of oxygen and putting massive stress on the heart.  Especially for those who are only marginally active or haven't snorkeled recently - or EVER.  Rebreathing their own poisoned air through a 10-buck snorkel would seem to be a poor, and unexpected, way to die.  

This has become well-accepted science at other shallow-
water diving areas in the Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii, and parts of Asia.  Modified designs of various kinds are now "standard equipment" at many of these dive locations, and at least two governments in the Caribbean now ban single-tube snorkels.  Australian authorities aware of this issue have been silenced by both the Queensland and Federal Governments.  Insiders report that senior executives at Quicksilver were appraised of these issues over two years ago, and Warren Entsch is said to be fully aware of the cover-up.

You can't make this shit up.

What do we think the fallout will be on the Cairns tourism industry as word of the unnecessary but foreseeable deaths starts to become better known?  


Anonymous said...

Tourists dying is actually part of the FNQ experience. You see, the Cairns economy is dead, tourism is already dead, the reef is dead, the infrastructure is dead, the airport international terminal is dead, the foot traffic around the shitty old rundown shops in the CBD, the breath of all our Indian taxi drivers is dead, and old farts and stains like Warren Stench, Manning and Cueball are well on their way to being dead. So hell, a few more tourists kicking the bucket won't be out of place! "Cairns, beautiful one day, dead the next".

Anonymous said...

The Moflo does look like something the drunk backpackers stick up their asses late at night by the lagoon! I bet Cueball had a dozen of them and maybe Pooline Hansen took a few with her after their meeting?

shanghai said...

seriously u two above if u don't like it please fuck off.

Anonymous said...

Quicksilver also own Ocean Spirit as well so you have very few choices to go to the reef. All operators now charge high prices, even the so called budget ones. Diving at the GBR is not the big deal that it was years ago, too many regulations and wankers working in the industry have made it what it is. The big problem with the dive/snorkel industry is its self regulated, which means the dive and snorkel companies pay lip service to health and safety, it's about selling overpriced intro dives to non swimmers and the medically impaired, it's also fronted by Col McKenzie (any relation to cue ball?) who is a very good advocate for the people that pay him, but a FKN snake oiled salesman and compulsive liar to every one else. His comments following the deaths of the elderly French couple at Michaelmas cay against the opinion of a toxicologist who said it was most likely irrikanji was a FKN disgrace. He is paid by the dive industry to peddle bullshit and spin.

Hamish Krint said...

To quote an expert:- Any snorkel can increase your breathing effort slightly, because you are having to suck atmospheric air to a slightly increased pressure, since your lungs are underwater. Most people don't notice it, but, if your cardiovascular system is in poor shape, it can increase your swimming effort which can be a problem for unfit people

Cheaper snorkels tend not to have valves etc, which are designed to make clearing water out of snorkels easier, but, if they get damaged by heavy use, they can let water in more easily. I was a diving instructor for many years and I have always used a basic snorkel because they are simple and dependable.

The problem is that everyone is allowed to snorkel, so medical issues can arise and cause incidents. It would be possible to ban older or unfit tourists from snorkelling, in the same way that entry-level diving is controlled, but that is a decision of the WH&S inspectors who set the rules that all operators follow.

To date, their decision is to allow each tourist to make their own decisions and, to be honest, banning older tourists from entering the water would create a lot of vey unhappy tourists who'd just go to another country. It's not an easy decision