Perhaps there is something unusual about British divers that causes the fatality, but in reality, a rapid ascent is a manageable event... as long as there is no pulmonary restriction.
Unusual? The British Sub-Aqua Club has long cooperated with the police, hospitals and decompression chambers to investigate diving deaths in the UK, if that's unusual. One thing that became clear many years ago is that there's a world of difference between a planned rapid ascent in training and one made in an emergency, particularly if there is a regulator failure or, heaven forbid, an out-of-air situation. I think that you're dangerously sanguine: how many burst lungs are too many? I also think it's silly to distinguish between the rapid ascent and failure to exhale: they are, of course, two sides of the same coin.
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