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Shannon Lewis - The True Story

Discussion in 'Cave Diving' started by Capt Jim Wyatt, Apr 1, 2015.

  1. Randy g

    Randy g Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Virginia Beach, Va
    I can confirm that. My dive buddy/wife had a sinus squeeze during our cavern class with Jim and could not descend. We all surfaced and waited till she was at the top of the stairs before heading back down.

    After reading this entire thread and dealing with a similar dive buddies death a few years ago. I understand somewhat how Jim feels.

    I researched instructors before taking my first steps towards full cave and I am honored to say that Jim is my Instructor and gave me an excellent base to work off of.
    BCSGratefulDiver likes this.
  2. boulderjohn

    boulderjohn Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Boulder, CO

    The settlement in this case was very small, far less than it would have cost the insurance company to go to trial and win the case. To give you a comparison, a bicyclist ran into me while I was riding my bike a couple of years ago. I broke my collarbone and several ribs. The insurance company settled for several times more than the settlement in this case. Also in comparison, PADI was recently criticized for settling early in a case it is argued they would have won if they had stayed with it. PADI's settlement in a case they probably would have won was well over 10 times the settlement in this case.

    If anything, it indicates the opposite. Remember that the the plaintiffs attorneys get nothing for all their work if they lose. The small amount they settled for indicated they did not have a solid case and bailed out with something rather than stay in and probably get nothing.
    Omisson likes this.
  3. Omisson

    Omisson Public Safety Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Whitestone, New York, United States
    Anyone who thinks a lawsuit settlement is anything other than an actuarial risk analysis is either willfully ignorant or a plaintiffs attorney.....
    waterpirate and Dhboner like this.
  4. dumpsterDiver

    dumpsterDiver Banned

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    You seem to be dancing around an issue. I never saw mention of a medical condition other than congestion in this thread. If people actually know why she died, what is it?
    bamafan likes this.

    TONY CHANEY Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Mount Holly, NC
    This thread is so far off that it is not even funny. Shannon was only basic cave certified and this was her first dive after being certified. The Ear is not even close to OW nor an easy exit considering that it a very high flow spring with logs "for your diving pleasure." It was reported, I believe, that she got pinned between the logs.

    If Wayne had any beef with Jim, then it would have been Wayne that brought this up again after seven years. In fact, Wayne has never post anything pertaining to the case on this site or other diving sites. A question Jim, what was her max depth, according to "her" computer or bottom timer? Please just post the transcrips and let everyone read them for themselves.

    IMHO, it least some are learning not to leave a diver on their own when that clearly have stated / shown that they have a problem.
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2015
  6. KevinNM

    KevinNM DIR Practitioner

    As it was stated that her dive computer was left in her car I doubt it shows anything pertinent to this. Other then a willingness to dive without equipment that most people consider kind of useful.
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    TONY CHANEY Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Mount Holly, NC
    Exactly! It is very pertinent to this situation. Would anyone care to let a newly certified basic cave diver, on their first dive outside of certification tag along in Ginnie without a computer, depth gauge, tables or bottom timer?
  8. Capt Jim Wyatt

    Capt Jim Wyatt Hanging at the 10 Foot Stop Staff Member

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Key Largo
    This is the kind of information that goes around that has no basis in fact. Shannon had traveled to Mexico between the time she was certified and the accident and was cave diving in the cenotes. She signed my guestbook stating that she did so.

    Dave Flick and I had made two dives in the morning. The third dive is the one Shannon tagged along on. The standards for the Basic Cave class allow no decompression for any of these dives. The plan was for Dave NOT to go into decompression on this third dive. Since he would not be going into decompression after his third dive the thinking was that she would not either.
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2015
  9. Abdullah

    Abdullah Barracuda

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Abu Dhabi
    OT... you sued over two bicycles colliding?
  10. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Cave Country!
    She had an ear infection of some sort and on medication. What's to dance about? She was sick.

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