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[i]After jumping to the spacecraft, the swim-team leader connected the interphone to the spacecraft and established contact with the crew. They reported that all was well, and the swim-team leader then assisted the two other swimmers in attaching the floatation collar to the spacecraft. After inflation of the collar, the swimmers attempted to re-establish communication with the crew through the interphone but were unsuccessful (see section 18.104.22.168). Unable to detect any motion or activity in the spacecraft and thinking the crew was in difficulty, the swim-team leader immediately released the hatch tool and started to open the hatch. While doing so, the hatch suddenly flew open and knocked the swimmer into the raft alongside the spacecraft. The swimmer received a slight head injury but was able to remain at the scene and await pickup by the ship. It was reported later by the command pilot that he noticed the swimmer preparing to open the hatch and, realizing the spacecraft cabin might still be pressurized, he attempted to release the hatch slowly from inside. The forces, however, were too great for him to restrain the hatch.[/i]
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