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Diving accident victim’s family demands ¥130 million

Date Posted: 2002-12-14

The family of a woman who lost her life in a diving accident in Motobu last July is taking the dive shop and the tour company that organized the trip to Osaka District Court. The family is demanding ¥130 million in compensation for the woman’s death.

According to the suit, the woman, a schoolteacher, had come to Okinawa accompanied by her daughter on a three-night four-day trip that included a scuba diving course. When the woman was out in the ocean with her instructor on the first day of the trip, she suddenly indicated that she didn’t feel good and began to surface. She came up with the instructor but lost conscience almost immediately. She was taken to a hospital where she stayed in coma for nine days and died.

In filing the lawsuit the husband of the teacher accuses both the diving school and the tour operator of negligence. “The tour operator should ensure that scuba school they have a contract with have reliable safety procedures and that they are followed. The scuba school should make sure that all of their instructors are competent and professional,” the husband said. The tour agency declined comment because of the pending lawsuit except to say that they have direct contracts with many dive schools, and they have never had any problems before.

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