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Marine suffers wrongful death in California scuba dive?

When California residents engage in recreational activities, they rarely expect that a carefree moment could turn into a fatal tragedy. Unfortunately, though, that is just what happened to one 26-year-old Marine who was taking part in a recent scuba diving expedition. The outing, which was likely meant to be a pleasant diversion, took a turn for the tragic and left the woman dead after an apparent equipment malfunction. Such a fatal recreational accident could cause family members who have unexpectedly lost a loved one to consider whether they should pursue a wrongful death lawsuit.

Reports indicate that the Marine who lost her life was an avid athlete who enjoyed the outdoors and was also a dedicated soldier. Her unexpected death has left many of her friends, colleagues and relatives confused as to how such a tragedy could occur. Initial reports indicated that the woman was diving with several other people on a sunken destroyer ship.

The group who was involved in the dive included the Marine along with a dive instructor and three fellow diving students. According to at least one account, trouble struck in the form of a mechanical failure when the woman's buoyancy system stopped working properly. The dive master reported that he did his best to save the woman by grabbing onto her and trying to use his buoyancy compensator to keep them both afloat. Unfortunately, this effort failed and the two went speeding in different directions; he toward the surface and she deeper into the water.

This California diving accident has left a family to mourn the unexpected loss of a loved one who seemingly had a bright future ahead of her. In such cases, some families may choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit in order to gain the answers they need to what exactly happened. If negligence is established, a successful litigation can also provide them the opportunity to gain financial restitution to help cover funeral or other expenses related to the death of their loved one.

Source: UT San Diego, "Diver who drowned was a real G.I. Jane," Kristina Davis, Dec. 9, 2012

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