Decompression sickness has been blamed as the likely cause of death of a Singaporean tourist who died in Bali last week after a diving session at Padangbai.
Wong Yu Yi, a 48-year-old doctor, was reportedly an experienced diver with around 100 dives under her belt before a dive last Wednesday, Sept. 6. She signalled to the guide she needed help during the dive.
“We immediately took her to Padangbai Beach, then to Penta Medika Clinic,” guide Nyoman Ariastawan told Bali Post.
The Bali tourist was declared dead on arrival.
Decompression sickness, also known as ‘the Bends,’ was found to be the cause of death following an autopsy, Peng Yeong Pin, the woman’s husband, told the Straits Times during the wake.
Decompression sickness results in gas bubbles forming in the blood of divers if pressure changes are experienced too quickly.
“This was her passion,” Pin added, reflecting on Yi’s love of diving.