A woman died yesterday after drowning in a sinking dive boat off Islamorada, Florida Keys yesterday. The commercial dive boat named "Get Wet" started taking on water near the Molasses Reef, while two passengers were trapped in the hull.
The woman who died was one of those passengers. The other passenger, a 28 year old man, was hospitalized but is expected to survive.
As an injury lawyer, I wonder what the man's injuries were. Hopefully he has not suffered any brain injury from a lack of oxygen. That would be almost as horrible as being killed.
Cases like these are referred to as drownings and "near drownings." When someone is killed, it is considered a drowning. When someone survives, but is left with injury, it is considered a "near drowning."
I really feel bad for the victims in this case and for the other survivors who had to endure this traumatic experience. I can't even imagine how frightful the whole thing must have been.
Here you are, in the beautiful Florida Keys, looking to enjoy one of natures great wonders, and your boat sinks. But thats not all... people are trapped in the hull.
A comprehensive investigation into this matter is needed to figure out what the cause of this terrible accident was. From my perspective as an injury lawyer, there are three basic questions that need to be asked and answered.
First, what was the cause of the ship taking on water? Second, what caused the two passengers to become trapped in the hull? Third, what steps, if any, were taken to render aid to the trapped individuals?
Said bluntly, the dive boat may be held accountable for what happened.
As an injury lawyer I can tell you that all those waivers they make you sign before taking a dive trip mean absolutely NOTHING.