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I don't like the sound of all of this.
Water in the fuel would not do it.
Hydraulic lock probably would.
This would explain the chewed starter and flywheel... solid and abrupt lock-up. An experienced mechanic would be mindful of the possibility of it though, and would not crank and crank and crank with the water feed open.
Even with the feed open, it really is not likely to flood the cylinder(s) until the cranking stops.... you would hear it gurgling down.
If it ever happens to you, you have to pull the injectors out and suck with a straw and spit it out (been there, done that). It's not a big job pulling the injectors.
I am puzzled.
It's a blow to have a 3 year old motor crashing like that. I would avoid lawyers, if only to save nervous energy. It might be better to buy another motor, and use the first as spare parts. You will have plenty, for the forseeable future.