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The diver who cheated death

Event organised by ICE

Date
13 February 2024
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Overview

Join ICE members in Europe for an inspirational event and a survival story told by Chris Lemons, known from the Netflix/BBC documentary ‘Last Breath’ and currently a commercial diver for Boskalis.

In September of 2012, a freak failure of the dynamic positioning system of the diving vessel he was working under, resulted in the umbilical which provides him with breathing gas, light and heat being severed completely.

He was left on the seabed, in complete darkness 90 metres below the surface, with only the 5 minutes of breathing gas he carried in the emergency tanks on his back, and no way to protect himself from the freezing temperatures.

This event is organised by the ICE Europe Regional Committee for members and non-members to view online.

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Speaker

Chris Lemons

Chris Lemons

commercial diver

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Chris Lemons

Chris has been a commercial diver for over 18 years, and currently specialises in deep sea saturation diving, operating almost exclusively in the oil and gas industry.

This highly specialised form of diving involves living in the claustrophobic confines of a decompression chamber for up to 28 days at a time, commuting daily to the seabed in a diving bell, and working at depths of up to 900 feet for 6 hours at a time.

In September of 2012, a freak failure of the dynamicpositioning system of the vessel he was working under, resulted in the umbilical which provides him with breathing gas, light and heat being severed completely. He was leI on the seabed, in complete darkness 300 feet below the surface, with only the 5 minutes of breathing gas he carried in the emergency tanks on his back, and no way to protect himself from the freezing temperatures.

It took his heroic rescuers over 40 minutes to come back and fetch him, and his miraculous survival story has baffled experts ever since.

His extraordinary story was subsequently immortalised in the hit Netflix/BBC documentary 'Last Breath,' a version of which is currently being developed into a Hollywood movie starring Woody Harrelson, Simu Liu and Finn Cole.

Chris was born in Edinburgh, raised in Cambridge, and now lives in the South of France with his partner and two daughters.

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Tom Compton

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