Getting sucked into a pipe near a nuclear power plant can be the stuff of nightmares.
A scuba diver who was sucked into such a pipe last July is suing the St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant in Florida for not having sufficient warning signs, CNN reports.
Christopher Le Cun told CNN he didn’t know he was diving near that pipe, which sucks in approximately 500,000 gallons/1.9 million liters of ocean water per minute, is 1/4 of a mile/400 meters long and has a 16-foot/4.9-meter diameter.
The power plant says a buoy anchored above the pipe has a warning on it against diving in the area, but Le Cun counters that he tied his boat to the buoy and no such language was on it.
The whole experience has soured Le Cun on diving, who told CNN:
“I really don’t want to give it up, but I don’t know. It’s something I’ve always enjoyed with my family and friends, but I’ve only been in the water once since it happened and I didn’t enjoy it. Maybe someday I’ll do it again.”
Check out the CNN story for more.