Lobster divers risk injury, death in Honduras

  • In this Sept. 9, 2018 photo, Miskito divers eat a breakfast of rice, beans and bananas before the start of their work day, in Cay Savannah, Honduras. When not in Caribbean waters the divers are lodged in a small wooden house provided by the boat owners. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

  • In this Sept. 11, 2018 photo, Miskito divers sleep on hammocks on their last night of a 13-day fishing trip, surrounded by empty oxygen tanks, left, and their catch of sea cucumbers, right lower corner, as they are transported from Cay Savannah to Kaukira, Honduras. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

  • In this Sept. 4, 2018 photo, diver Saul Ronaldo Atiliano, 45, is lifted onto the dock after traveling via boat to Puerto Lempira, Honduras, to receive decompression sickness therapy in a hyperbaric chamber. “The pressure attacked me deep in the water,” said Atiliano, who for 25 years has dived for lobster, most of which winds up in the United States. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

  • In this Feb. 6, 2018 photo, Charles Melendez, 5, and his 4-year-old brother Jefferson, play with their father’s wheelchair while he rests, in Puerto Lempira, Honduras. The boys’ father, a lobster diver, is recovering from decompression sickness which has left him paralyzed from the waist down. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

  • In this Sept. 2, 2018 photo, dogs eat scraps left by family and friends attending the funeral of Miskito diver Oscar Salomon Charly, in Cabo Gracias a Dios, Nicaragua. The 31-year-old, who was diving for lobster in Honduras, died after he was stricken with a severe case of decompression sickness. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

  • In this Sept. 1, 2018 photo, men ride past on their horses, in Irlaya, Honduras. Among exotic, tropical vegetation along the Caribbean coast, the Mosquitia region is sprinkled with small fishing villages where residents live in clapboard houses.. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

PUERTO LEMPIRA, Honduras — Saul Ronaldo Atiliano was diving for lobster in the clear waters off Honduras’ Caribbean coast when he felt a pressure, a pain in his body. And he knew he’d gotten the sickness that has killed or disabled so many of his Miskito comrades.

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