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Bride-to-be dies in diving trip

A bride-to-be who died while diving in the South Pacific is believed to have suffered the bends.

Jayne Bloom, 38, from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, died after diving off Chuuk, an island in Micronesia in June.

Her inquest at Doncaster Coroners Court has been opened and adjourned. On a diving website her fiance, Jeff Keep, said they dived 187ft (56m).

She later lost consciousness on their boat. The couple had been due to marry on the island on 5 July.

Nothing wrong

Mr Keep, from Reddish near Stockport, Greater Manchester, said his partner had initially been chatting on the boat about their "great dive" but soon complained her vision had gone, and then fell unconscious.

He added that Ms Bloom was taken to hospital and put into a decompression chamber with the help of the couple's friend, a cardio-vascular anaesthetist.

While waiting for Ms Bloom to be taken for treatment in Australia she stopped breathing and died.

Mr Keep said three experienced divers had done a full examination of his fiancee's equipment and found nothing wrong with it.

Ms Bloom herself was said to be an experienced diver.

Truk Lagoon, where the couple dived, is a prime location for diving.

It has numerous wrecks including Japanese warships which were sunk there in World War II.

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