The family of a Canadian filmmaker, who lost his life during a shark-filming excursion off the Florida Keys, is now filing a wrongful death lawsuit.
Thirty-seven-year-old Rob Steward of Toronto lost his life in January off the shore of Islamorada, Florida. He was filming his 2006 documentary Sharkwater.
Stewart and dive organizer Peter Sotis surfaced above water at the same time, and both had breathing problems. Stewart did not make it on board the boat. The rest of the crew was helping Sotis, but let Steward slip away.
His body sunk and was found about 300 feet from where he was last seen on the surface. A massive search, including the Coast Guard, was looking for him.
His death was a tragedy that could have been prevented, said the family’s attorney Michael Haggard.
Stewart’s family hopes the lawsuit will change the ways for irresponsible diving business operators.
The negligence lawsuit has unspecified damages. It was filed in Broward County Circuit Court.
According to the lawsuit, the dive occurred at the wreck of the Queen of Nassau ship in about 230 feet depth and almost six miles of the Islamorada coast.
A grappling hook had been put on the wreck that was attached to a surface float to mark the location of the dive. Stewart and Peter Sotis faced difficulties when they went down for the third time to remove the grappling hook.
Such tragic cases are not uncommon and can happen to anyone.
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