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Angler charged after pulling up diver

Discussion in 'Diving Litigation' started by trtldvr, Jun 29, 2012.

  1. diveprof

    diveprof Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives:
    Location: Evans, GA (underwater of course)
    I cannot believe that I'm about to say this - but this may be the one case that I wish a personal injury litigation lawyer would get involved:D
    diverdoug1 and fisheyeview like this.
  2. DennisW

    DennisW Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Sebastian, FL
    He would not have been able to pull me up because I won't attach the flag to me, but if he had, we would both have ended up in the water.
    Bigd2722 and fisheyeview like this.
  3. fisheyeview

    fisheyeview Scuba Instructor

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Ft. Lauderdale, FL (The Diving Capital of the Worl
    I have had fishermen at the Blue Heron Bridge try to snag me before. Have had my flag snagged before there. I just tie it off to something and let them wear themselves out.

    I have seen FWC pull a diver up by the flag and issue them a ticked for swimming into the boat channel.
    Zen Diving Inc. likes this.
  4. Magnolia3

    Magnolia3 Contributor

    Aw heck..down in the keys... its pretty easy to make is fishing life miserable...
    local water cops have a vast rep amoung sailors for being johnny on the spot to check out ppl... he has to have a fishing license.. and a specific license for specific fish...everytime he goes out..
    Next the locals/FWC/USCG can do a safety check... every time they see him..
    I have seen it done to boaters who a pia to the marine patrol. It will make his life miserable and let him know they know WHO he is and that they are watching.
    I am willing to bet he has done this kind of thing more often than not and these two incidents are the tip of his pyschotic iceberg.. the person is a danger to anyone on the water with his behavior..
  5. Belmont

    Belmont Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Montreal, Canada
    He pulls her up a few feet and her buoyancy becomes more and more positive as she ascends.

    She probably did not vent her BC and made things easy for the old fart.

    I would have been on my Z knife in a flash and venting down to zero.
    DiverLaura likes this.
  6. BCSGratefulDiver

    BCSGratefulDiver Mental toss flycoon ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: On the Fun Side of Trump's Wall
    This is Florida we're talking about ... a 74-year old down there is practically a teen-ager ...

    ... Bob (Grateful Diver)
  7. Insta-Gator

    Insta-Gator Into the great wide open … ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Venice, Florida
    As a regular diver (not Fed employee) I'd be tempted to engage in some underwater mischief on that vessel.
  8. supergaijin

    supergaijin Contributor

    The chest beating from internet tough guys may make that old man think twice before doing it again. HOOYAH

    I keep a surface float in the water on the house reef but don't swim with it. Unfortunately the level of awareness from locals here is tantamount to zero regarding dive flags.
    Fuzzy shank and NeoByzantine like this.
  9. LeafyGirl

    LeafyGirl PADI Pro

    # of Dives:
    Location: Florida/Utila, HN
    Glad it sounds like she is OK. Really, is the ocean getting that small? I agree with the comments about this man's behavior isn't an isolated incident and there are probably many more infractions and dangerous antics he's connected to. I agree, seriously, that a psych eval is in order. BTW, isn't fishing supposed to be fun and relaxing? I do agree a flag should not be clipped to diver. I hold it (yes a pita) but I just let go if needed, or do some tie it off in an environmentally proper manner? Don't know how much bottom she was covering, so that may not work. Kick him where it counts, in his wallet, seize the boat, take his license, give him a huge fine, but make an impression, for the safety of all divers, being pulled up like that could have caused diver panic and we know how bad things can go from there. What an ass$&@/ !
    emoreira likes this.
  10. Culcuhain

    Culcuhain Scuba Instructor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: St Paul, TX
    no body... no crime..... :)

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