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Suit filed in case of "Girl dead, boy injured at Glacier National Park

Discussion in 'Diving Litigation' started by Jim Lapenta, May 6, 2021.

  1. rsingler

    rsingler Scuba Instructor, Tinkerer in Brass Staff Member ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    "Both apparently known by the Instructor"??

    I'm appalled by the events, and concur with the suggestion of criminal negligence.
    But I'm also leery of lynch mobs. No offense intended, @JimBlay

    The victim joined the group after the Instructor was already occupied. Though she had a duty to make sure her student was correctly fitted with gear (but apparently did not), and correctly weighted (who chose those weights?), has there been an allegation that the drysuit diver/Instructor knew the student's drysuit Inflator hose was not connected and continued anyway? That indeed would be insane. I read the entire filing, but missed that.
     
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  2. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

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    The inflator on the rental regs didn’t have the proper fitting to connect to the suit inflator. So Linnea was told to go ahead without it. :rant:
     
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  3. wetb4igetinthewater

    wetb4igetinthewater Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    183. As the students were prepared for their training dives on the shore of Lake McDonald, Defendants, Snow and Liston, discovered for the first time that the low-pressure inflator hose on the Gull Dive regulator they had rented to Linnea did not have a connector that was compatible with the male stem on the Brooks dry suit’s inflator valve. Consequently, the low-pressure inflator hose could not be attached to dry suit’s inflator valve, and the dry suit could not be inflated.

    184. Rather than cancel Linnea’s dives because she was not properly equipped to perform the training dives and safely operate her dry suit, Defendants, Snow and Liston simply advised Linnea that she could enter the water without an operational dry suit and use her BCD as her sole means of buoyancy control.


    Now the next part isn't for the victim, but paints a picture:

    200. At one point, Snow positioned herself behind E.G., holding on to the yoke at the top of E.G.’s scuba cylinder, and dragged her backward into shallow water. Once the student and Instructor are in shallow water, Snow reached to the bottom to retrieve rocks, which she stuffed into the pockets of E.G.’s dry suit to make her negatively buoyant.

    201. After placing rocks in E.G.’s dry suit pockets, Snow led E.G. by the hand into deeper water. The instructor and student were accompanied by Linnea, but Snow appeared to be unaware of Linnea’s presence. Meanwhile, Bob remained on the surface while Liston and Nathan Dudden swam off by themselves into deeper water.
     
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  4. JimBlay

    JimBlay Divin' Papaw ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Yes, you missed it. Yes, insane.
     
  5. rsingler

    rsingler Scuba Instructor, Tinkerer in Brass Staff Member ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    If true, with a sloping bottom and those weights, the death sentence.
     
  6. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Now you get why so many of us are :rant:
     
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  7. wetb4igetinthewater

    wetb4igetinthewater Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    and incredibly saddened. I can't imagine the terror that young woman suffered before drowning.
     
  8. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

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    That one photo of her falling down the wall on page 50 of the filing says it all. Poor gal.
     
  9. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

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    This is a screen shot of the instructor named in the suit on a FB accidents group. Callous and still trying to cover up what happened. :rant:

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  10. dlofting

    dlofting DIR Practitioner

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    It certainly looks like gross negligence, based on the suit prepared and submitted by the plaintiff's lawyer, which is what you would expect. I'm not saying he's wrong or missreprenting the facts, but I can see the defendants' lawyers having some questions. There are things missing at this point, which isn't surprising, as the person who knew the most is deceased. Maybe the video, which appears to be the foundation of the plaintiff's case, would help us to understand things a bit more clearly. I doubt we'll ever see it though.
     

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