OverviewThe process of data collection starts with notification by the dive buddy, eyewitness, friend and/or family member, dive shop or dive agency. DAN often receives notification from various law-enforcement and government agencies, including state and local police, sheriff and fire departments, emergency medical services (EMS), lifeguards, marine patrol, state park offices, district attorneys, U.S. Coast Guard and medical examiners/coroners. In addition, DAN specialists search related Internet sites for information about diving-related fatalities.
The first notification is often incomplete and inaccurate, but it triggers a process in which DAN specialists contact the family and investigative agencies to try to obtain necessary information to compile a case report. A forensic pathologist who is also trained in dive medicine reviews all information obtained on each dive fatality case.
Fatality cases may take up to a year to close. Some cases may be closed as incomplete because of limited information due to local or state regulations, family requests or litigation. If DAN is notified that a case is in litigation, the case is closed, as the information is no longer available.
Completed cases are included in DAN's Annual Diving Report.
ParticipateIf you witnessed or have information regarding a diving fatality involving any of the following, please complete and return the fatality reporting form (PDF: 487 KB).
Download the fatality reporting form (PDF: 487 KB) or contact DAN Research to obtain a hard copy of the form, and return it to:
DAN ResearchOtherwise, you may contact the DAN Medical Information Line at 1-800-446-2671 to report a fatality.
c/o Jeanette Moore
6 West Colony Place
Durham, NC 27705
See the Policy for Release of Medical Information.
Frequently Asked QuestionsHow do I report a fatality to DAN?
How can I get a copy of a fatality report form?
How can I obtain a copy of the Annual Diving Report?
How can I obtain a copy of fatality reports from DAN?