Arne Zetterström

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Arne Zetterström in diving dress on board HMS Belo, shortly before his fatal diving accident on 7 August 1945

Arne Zetterström (1917 – 7 August 1945) is best known for his research with the breathing mixture hydrox for the Swedish Navy.[1]

Zetterström first described the use of hydrogen as a breathing gas in 1943. From 1943 to 1944, a total of six ocean dives were made utilizing this mixture with the deepest to 160 meters (96% hydrogen and 4% oxygen).[1]

On 7 August 1945, Zetterström experienced technical problems diving from the HMS Belos. His support divers misread his signals and this was followed by a rapid ascent that resulted in severe decompression sickness and hypoxia.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c Ornhagen H (1984). "Hydrogen-Oxygen (Hydrox) breathing at 1.3 MPa.". National Defence Research Institute. FOA. Rapport C58015-H1. ISSN 0347-7665. 

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