Diver Left Adrift Sues Boat Crew in L.A.

Date: 1/2/2005


A diver who drifted for five hours after a boat crew left him at sea has sued the diving company for $4 million.

Daniel Carlock Jr. filed a lawsuit in the  Los Angeles Superior Court against Ocean Adventures Dive Co. and its employees, accusing them of negligence, inflicting emotional distress and fraud.  Carlock, 46, alleges Ocean Adventures left him off Santa Catalina Island on 25 April 2004, then lied about his location, delaying his rescue for five hours. He was eventually rescued by Boy Scouts in the area. He developed skin cancer as a result of extended exposure to the sun that day, according to the lawsuit, which also asks for an unspecified amount in punitive damages.

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