U.S. Navy diving units shall perform the following procedure when a diving accident/incident or related mishap meets the criteria stated in paragraph 5-11.
1. Immediately secure and safeguard from tampering all diver-worn and ancillary/support equipment that may have contributed to the mishap. This equipment should also include, but is not limited to, the compressor, regulator, depth gauge, submersible pressure gauge, diver dress, buoyancy compensator/ life preserver, weight belt, and gas supply (scuba, emergency gas supply, etc.).
2. Expeditiously report circumstances of the accident/incident by message (see OPNAVINST 5100.19 (Series) for format requirements) to:
■ NAVSAFECEN NORFOLK VA//JJJ// with information copies to CNO WASHINGTON DC//N873// COMNAVSEASYSCOM WASHINGTON DC//00C// and NAVXDIVINGU PANAMA CITY FL//JJJ//.
■ If the accident/incident is MK 16 related, also send information copies to PEO MINEWAR WASHINGTON DC//PMS-EOD// and NAVEODTECHDIV INDIAN HEAD MD//70//.
■ If the accident/incident is MK 25 (LAR V) related, also send information copies to COMNAVSEASYSCOM WASHINGTON DC//PEO EXW PMS 325//.
■ If the accident/incident occurs at a shore based facility (NAVFAC), also send information copies to NFESC EAST COAST DET WASHINGTON DC//00CE//.
3. Expeditiously prepare a separate, written report of the accident/incident. The report shall include:
A completed Equipment Accident/Incident Information Sheet (Figure 5-2a)
A completed Accident/Incident Equipment Status Data Sheet (Figure 5-2b)
A sequential narrative of the mishap including relevant details that might not be apparent in the data sheets
4. The data sheets and the written narrative shall be mailed by traceable registered mail to:
Navy Experimental Diving Unit
321 Bullfinch Road
Panama City, Florida 32407-7015
Attn: Code 03, Test & Evaluation
5. Package a certified copy of all pertinent 3M records and deliver to NAVSEA/ 00C3 on-scene representative.
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