Are snorkel masks safe?

Are snorkel masks dangerous?

Ensuring Your Safety on a Snorkeling Trip!

Unfortunately they are quite dangerous and can quickly lead to drowning upon failure. High quality masks don’t immediately pose a huge risk, but there is no guarantee how long they will continue to work.

How many people have died from full face snorkel masks?

The Hawaii Health Department reports an increase in snorkel related deaths from 16 in 2014 to 31 in 2018. Department of Health officials say there are an average of 21 fatal drownings among snorkelers each year and 92-percent of those victims are visitors.

What causes death while snorkeling?

Preliminary data from a study released last week suggested that oxygen deprivation induced by rapid onset pulmonary edema, known as ROPE, is the most probable cause of snorkel-related fatal and near-fatal drownings. Drowning by ROPE is different in that a person doesn’t necessarily have to be inhaling water.

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