The premature death of Vincent has been a shock for the British Hyperbaric Medicine Community, all his colleagues and friends, as well as numerous patients for whom he cared passionately, and most sadly for his beloved family. From the BHA we extend our condolences to Lily, daughter Ellie and the rest of his family. His place will never be filled, but the only consolation for us is the fact that he lived life to the fullest commitment and achieved so much in his shortened life.

He had a successful career as a Consultant Cardio-thoracic Anaesthetist and Intensivist at Hull & East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust as well as Spire Hull & East Riding Hospital and as Hyperbaric Physician at North England Hyperbaric and Medical Services. This gave him a an excellent background in physiology and physics to understand the intricacies of rebreather diving and a focus on safety.

Vincent was a very keen diver who preferred to spend as much time underwater as possible. He also was a passionate underwater photographer and marine conservationist. In his spare time, he loved to organise frequent dive trips to various UK and overseas dive locations.

In addition to the BHA he was also a Member of United Kingdom Diving Medical Committee, a Recreational and Technical (CCR) Diving Instructor, and PADI, BSAC, ITDA & PSAI member.

The void he leaves will never be filled. We can only be grateful that his path crossed and lit up ours- rest peacefully dear friend.

Pieter Bothma

BHA Chairman