Accession Number:

ADB132723

Title:

The B.A.P. PACOCHA (SS-48) Collision: The Escape and Medical Recompression Treatment of Survivors

Descriptive Note:

Special rept. 26-27 Aug 1988

Corporate Author:

NAVAL SUBMARINE MEDICAL RESEARCH LAB GROTON CT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1989-03-30

Pagination or Media Count:

60.0

Abstract:

At the invitation of the Peruvian Navy, a U.S. Navy team reviewed the circumstances surrounding the collision, sinking, and subsequent escape and rescue of members of the crew of the B.A.P PACHOCHA. Approximately half were rescued after immediate escape before the sinking with a 2-4 hour cold-water exposure. and the other half were trapped for over 20 hours in the forward torpedo room. They escaped by buoyant ascent, after having been subjected to pressure from partial flooding and air being introduced from the air banks. Escapees suffered decompression sickness and gas emboli after surfacing. The medical response, rescue, evacuation, and recompression treatment of survivors using all available equipment and personnel is reviewed. Some observations are presented that might diminish morbidity and mortality in the future.

Subject Categories:

  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Stress Physiology
  • Escape, Rescue and Survival

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE