The loss of a child is never easy, especially when you know that something went wrong. A mother of a Canadian filmmaker has filed a lawsuit regarding the death of her son. According to the woman, her 37-year-old son was in peak physical condition when he went to swim with sharks in the Florida Keys. He died on that trip and was discovered three days later.
His mother filed the lawsuit in Broward Circuit Court accusing a number of people of negligence. One company that is part of the lawsuit is the Fort Lauderdale company Add Helium. This company had provided equipment used by the divers.
During the dive, the man had used rebreathers, which are devices that scrub air of carbon dioxide. That allows divers to breathe their own air over and over, so they can dive further and longer without heavy equipment.
After two 220-foot dives, the man and a second diver went for a third dive to find a grappling hook used as an anchor. They both surfaced, but the second diver collapsed. While the people on board attended him, the director disappeared. He was found dead from drowning three days later.
The man's mother believes that her son did not get enough training on using the machinery and that he was put in danger on a third dive only for a $15 piece of equipment that could have been left behind. The U.S. Coast Guard is still investigating the man's death.
Incidents like this are a shock to families. Losing a loved one is never easy, but a civil lawsuit may help you get compensated for your loss.
Source: Sun Sentinel, "Lawsuit filed in Keys death of famed 'Sharkwater' filmmaker Rob Stewart," Mike Clary, March 28, 2017