Sunday, August 1, 2021

New Zealand Court Orders Dive Center To Compensate Family for Scuba Death


A New Zealand court has ordered Cathedral Cove Dive & Snorkel, a dive center located on the country’s North Island, to pay NZ$70,000 (around US$51,055 or 45,223 Euros) to the family of a Taiwanese woman who drowned during a “Discover Scuba” trip in November 2014.

According to DiverNet, the woman was provided an ill-fitting BC that limited the movement of her head.

New Zealand WorkSafe Chief Inspector Keith Stewart said:

“The ill-fitted equipment compromised the victim’s ability to try and breathe when her air supply ran out and the lack of supervision meant she was able to become separated from the dive supervisor and leave the sheltered bay. It also meant that she could not immediately notify someone of her distress, nor be provided with assistance.”

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John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.