Florida Scuba Diver Ignores Warnings and Wants to Sue?


I woke up this morning and saw this on CNN:

Florida scuba diver says he was sucked into nuclear plant intake pipe

The first thing I looked for was information saying he survived.  Found that.  Check.  Then I read a little further…

“He filed a lawsuit against Florida Power & Light Company.”

What?  Why on earth would he do such a thing? OH, because there weren’t sufficient WARNINGS that such a dangerous situation was nearby.  Underwater.  Near a utility plant.  Let’s give him the benefit of the doubt and say he was oblivious to anything that may have told a normal person that something may be amiss.  Read just a bit further:

According to someone from the power company: “There is an eight-foot buoy floating at the point of the intake piping, which has been in place since the plant opened, and states that people should stay 100 feet away. There are three intake pipes, which extend for a quarter mile along the floor of the ocean, and the one that the diver swam into is 16 feet in diameter with a protective cap.”

Let’s give the guy yet ANOTHER benefit of the doubt and say he didn’t notice the sign, the buoy or the cap.  As we all know, big companies will say anything that may get them out of legal hot water, at least in the Court of Public Opinion, right?  The VERY NEXT LINE makes that assumption extremely hard to believe:

The scuba diver “said he did see some sort of cap but ‘that thing is not designed to keep anybody or anything out.'”

Wait, so he admits there was a protective cap there but that he went in anyway?  And is LUCKY enough not to be ground up into fish food.  Yet has the audacity to bring a lawsuit against the company?  That’s like robbing a bank, getting caught in the automatically-locking vault door and suing the bank when the police show up because there wasn’t a sign on the door warning that anyone caught in the door may find themselves on the wrong side of cell bars.

Is it just me or did “people” like this get into the gene pool when the lifeguard was off duty?  gene-pool-could-use-a-little-chlorine

Granted, I don’t know the whole story, but what I see as facts already in evidence (by his own admission) tell me he should feel lucky he doesn’t get prosecuted for trespassing.

And, no, I don’t work for CNN, any electrical company, or anyone with a stake in this matter.  I’m just posting an opinion…that I feel strongly about.



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