Letter from Reef Guardians Saba:
Having read the tragic article in last weeks Herald about the young female diver dying in Curacao and the followup article on the reopening of the hyperbaric chamber at Curacao’s hospital reminded me that it has been over a year since the board of directors of The Saba Marine Park decided to close Saba’s chamber at Fort Bay.
This decision was made to my knowledge without consulting the medical community, the population of Saba,the scuba operators or the local government. A hyperbaric chamber is a vital piece of equipment in treating scuba injuries such as Dcs or Dci it is now also used in treating many non diving medical issues as well.
Saba is known amongst the scuba community as one of the top deeper diving destinations in the Caribbean which unfortunately also brings higher risks of injuries, when a dive accident happens prompt hyperbaric treatment is essential.
The decision to close our chamber raises several other issues, for an extended period of time as part of a visiting diver’s marine park fees some went towards the chamber operation and seeing as our chamber was nonoperational was The Saba Marine Park charging for a service they could not provide,this would be fraud and is punishable by law.The money that was collected over that time where did it go?
First and foremost it’s imperative to get the hyperbaric chamber at Fort Bay operational again, it’s also time the island prosecutor launched an investigation as to whether fraud and or embezzlement took place by The Saba Marine Park and file charges if warranted, if the scuba diving world found out diver’s were billed for an important service that was not available, the dive tourism on this island could face devastating consequences.
Reef Guardians Saba (18)