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Australia Respected doctor dies in diving accident

16:40  18 october  2019
16:40  18 october  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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SINGAPORE - She was an experienced diver who loved the outdoors and travelled abroad several times a year to pursue her passion of getting up close to untouched marine life. But last Wednesday, while on a diving trip in Bali with her friend, Dr Wong Yu Yi, 48, died .

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A highly respected WA anaesthetist, who specialises in hyperbaric medicine, is being remembered as an outgoing and amazing woman, after an overseas diving tragedy.

Dr Fiona Sharp had just finished a week-long diving tour off the Caribbean island of Bonaire, and was having a final group dive when something went horribly wrong.

The 55-year-old's family said she was found 25 metres below the surface, unresponsive and unable to be revived.

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Dr Fiona Sharp died in a diving accident off the Caribbean island of Bonaire © 9News Dr Fiona Sharp died in a diving accident off the Caribbean island of Bonaire

Dr Sharp was using a rebreather during the scuba dive, but it's not clear what caused her death.

"Being underwater was her happy place," her family told 9 News.

They described her as a friendly and outgoing sister and much-loved aunty, who liked to keep fit and active.

a couple of people posing for the camera: Tributes have flowed in for the highly respected WA anaesthetist, who specialises in hyperbaric medicine © 9News Tributes have flowed in for the highly respected WA anaesthetist, who specialises in hyperbaric medicine Dr Sharp worked out of the hyperbaric medicine unit at Fiona Stanley Hospital and was an expert in underwater emergencies for local dive schools.

"Fiona was one of the most amazing people you could ever meet," the managing director of Perth Scuba, Lee Johnson, said in a statement.

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"She had so much personality and was always the one people would surround at gatherings or at any opportunity to not only listen to her fantastic stories, but just to be around. She always had such a positive outlook on life.

"As a professional doctor in hyperbaric medicine and much more, she was the one we turned to for advice in the diving industry. She helped so many of us and our fellow divers both medically and through offering advice. She was always willing to help or give that advice at any time and nothing was ever too much trouble.

"She is such a loss to the medical fraternity and to the diving community. An absolute shining star on every level.

"We are all shocked deeply saddened by the news. We are devastated."

a group of people swimming in the water: Family said being underwater was the 55-year-old's happy place © 9News Family said being underwater was the 55-year-old's happy place

A long-time friend and colleague, President of the AMA WA, Dr Andrew Miller also paid tribute to the respected medical professional from Lancelin.

"Bubbly, open, gregarious, hilarious, larger than life doctor, who tragically, we've lost far too early," Dr Miller told 9News.

Dr Sharp's family are working with the Dive Alert Network to organise the 55-year-old's repatriation back to Perth.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is providing consular assistance to the family.

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