Compressor diving, often in conjunction with cyanide fishing, remains a common practice amongst the Bajau Laut despite being unsustainable, illegal and highly dangerous. Young Bajau men, and often children, will routinely dive to depths of sixty metres with air pumped down to them through a hose pipe and a regulator. With no knowledge of the dangers inherent in diving to such depths they often ascend far too quickly, resulting in nitrogen build up and the bends. Compressor diving is one of the main causes of unnatural death among the Bajau communities I have visited.
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