Although it offers a glimpse into a beautiful underwater world, scuba diving can be seriously dangerous if you're not careful. Some of the worst scuba accidents occur because of inexperienced divers making small mistakes. When diving, you always have to be alert and aware of your surroundings. The worst thing that you can do when you realize something is going wrong is to panic. That's practically a death sentence when you're scuba diving, so always be careful.
Even then, remaining calm might not be enough. Some of the divers who perished on this list were incredibly experienced and well-prepared, but still couldn't do anything to prevent their own deaths. Below is a list of some of the worst cave diving accidents that have occurred over the years. If this list teaches you one thing, it's to never take scuba diving lightly. It might be the last thing you ever do.
A Diver Spends 10 Hours in Darkness with His Dead Friend More Than 900 Feet Under Water
At Least Eight Divers Have Perished in Jacob's Well Due to False Exits and Blinding SiltPhoto: Larry D. Moore / via Wikimedia
A Diver Panics and Succumbs to Nitrogen Narcosis, Removing His Own Breathing Apparatus
An Experienced Diver Vanishes in a Wrecked Ship Without a Trace