Alex is a commercial and technical diver. He and his PHILTECH team work in harsh and peculiar environments. Their unusual profiles allow him to study predispositions to DCS and to develop in-water recompression methods for rapid treatment.
Alex also does deep recovery work for valuable objects and victims of drowning. His experience in body recovery has been called upon many times during disasters at sea, and he has trained recovery teams from the Philippines and from overseas.
Cave diving however is his true passion. He is a member of the Filipino Cave Divers, individuals who apply their diverse academic backgrounds in the study and preservation of underwater caves.
RECOVERING DEAD BODIES INSIDE WRECKS OF MARITIME DISASTERS
Disasters at sea claim many lives, sometimes by the hundreds. Unfortunately, not all victims are always found since many remain trapped inside the shipwrecks. Witness the challenges and perils of recovering victims of drowning from inside wrecks of maritime disasters as seen from actual footage taken during recovery missions. And know the emotional and psychological toll this brings to the responding dive team.
IN-WATER RECOMPRESSION – THE CONTROVERSIAL BUT OVERLOOKED RECOURSE FOR DCS
In-Water Recompression remains a controversial practice despite many testimonies to its positive results. While the debate on the practice of IWR ensues within the diving medical community, PHILTECH has been using IWR successfully for over 10 years and continues to improve its techniques to keep their commercial dive team DCS free - in brutal water conditions and off the beaten path. This presentation will examine PHILTECH’s procedures for IWR and will share some anecdotes in its successful application. It will also discuss situations where IWR should not be used.