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Re: Multiple fatalities in California scuba boat fire
A criminal investigation of the "Accident" has been initiated by the authorities and, at the least, the owner/operators of that Company, and particularly the master of that ship, is/are guilty of Criminal Negligence, regardless of what rules may or may not be inscribed. The criminal negligence standard--described as “aggravated, culpable, gross, or reckless conduct that is such a departure from what would be the conduct of an ordinarily prudent or careful person under the same circumstances as to be incompatible with a proper regard for human life.” Criminal negligence occurs when a reasonable person in a defendant’s position would/should have been aware of the relevant risk, and that a jury could have considered the risk obvious. (People v. Valdez, 27 Cal. 4th 778 (2002).)
I could/would go into further discussion on the whole but merely thinking of this event raises my blood pressure too much. As one of the parents of a beautiful 26 year old girl who is an enthusiastic diver and has gone on many of such dive trips, I cringe at the thought of what the parents, wives, husbands, children and siblings of the victims are enduring.
Moreover, my daughter informs her mother and I that on every trip she has been on, not a few, the boats have always maintained a Deck Watch or "Fire Watch" during the night--exemplifying the conduct of an ordinarily prudent or careful person . From our own "Rules", drilled into her since she was a little crumb cruncher, aboard our boat, the "First Rule" is Safety First. Moreover, she assures us that she always ensures that she knows the way, and the number of steps it takes to reach, the escape exits from the crew quarters and that such escape exits Do Not Include deck scuttles which, if opened, would certainly create a "Chimney Effect" as alluded to in a previous post, making a poor escape route but exacerbating a fire. Moreover, she informs us that on her boats, guests and crew were specifically prohibited from leaving their personal electronics on chargers overnight due to the know hazards of such practices as evidenced by the total destruction of the multi-million dollar Swan in Sint. Marrten a few years ago, in a fire ignited by a laptop left on a charger in a crew cabin.
Here Homer Nods...
"It is not so much for its beauty that the sea makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from the waves, that so wonderfully renews a weary spirit."
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