|DEATH-SNORKEL, ANYONE? EVERYONE!!!|
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?