Scuba Diving in San Diego’s Mission Bay is a popular activity for both professional and amateur divers. When these divers enter the water, they expect their equipment to support them, not to malfunction or break. Many spend a great deal of money on this equipment, and if something goes wrong underwater they can be put at extreme risk, including the threat of drowning.
According to reports by lifeguards, three men were on a boat in the Bay when Jeffrey Logandro, 38, dove into the water in an attempt to hunt for lobsters. As soon as he got into the water, he had trouble with his scuba diving equipment and the other men jumped into the water in an attempt to keep him afloat. However, the sheer weight of his gear sunk him down to the bottom of the ocean without any compressed air supply.
The skipper of a nearby boat noticed that the men were in trouble and issued a distress call to lifeguards. They arrived a few minutes later to find Logandro struggling under the water. The weight of the equipment he was wearing meant that it was difficult for them to rescue him. Once the victim was out of the water, lifeguards took him to their Quivira Court headquarters where they administered CPR. He was then transported to UC San Diego Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Police are investigating whether his equipment played a part in his death.
Scuba diving is a statistically safe activity when compared with other common actions. According to the Diver’s Alert Network 2010 Diving Fatalities Workshop Report, a diving fatality occurs in one out of every 211,864 dives. By way of comparison, one out of every 5,555 drivers dies in a car accident each year, one out of 7,692 pregnant women dies of complications, and one out of every 116,666 skydivers dies while jumping from a plane or falling toward earth. Compared to these statistics, scuba diving is a very safe activity.
However, when equipment fails, scuba diving can turn deadly. Faulty equipment could be due to manufacturer’s errors or the mistakes of someone who services the equipment. Either way, someone may be responsible for the injuries caused by broken or poorly-operating tanks or other gear.
Dan Gilleon understands how devastating an accident can be. Any type of accident can happen in a moment and leave you with serious injuries for years to come. Dan Gilleon, a personal injury attorney in San Diego, has established a reputation in dealing with defective product cases. If you have ever been injured by faulty equipment, contact Dan Gilleon now to discuss your case.