There are 25 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from Dec 1, 2012, titled UVA Student Dies During Semester at Sea - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports and Weather. In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:The University of Virginia says one of its students was killed Saturday in a boating accident.
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#26 Dec 4, 2012
#27 Dec 4, 2012
Thanks for the links, but details are still sketchy at best.
In the US territories and waters there are at least certain laws that must be followed regarding scuba/snorkeling and boats. These rules are followed loosely, but in foreign countries do often not exist, period.
Was there an orange diving buoy ? Was the boat at least 300 (not sure if this is still the rule) feet from the diver down flag / buoy? Was Casey diving without notice and/or
not following rules set by SAS ? Was anyone under the influence of alcohol etc.? Was she alone or with a buddy? etc. etc.
Am sure the lawyers on both sides will dig up all the facts, but it doesn't bring Casey back. Hopefully the awareness will prevent similar accidents.
#28 Dec 4, 2012
Ah, read the comments - less sketchy, but still a lot of unanswered questions. Looks like this was more of an ad-hoc free-for-all water excursion than an organised event with a specific surpervised activity.
Americans on their turf/ocean - not always the safest; most likely, highly unsafe.
I know, have traveled extensively in South America.
Want to see what limited hands-off gov't regulation looks like, take a spin through Brazil or Parana, Guatemala, or Bolivia. Makes you long for the good ole US of A.
#29 Dec 4, 2012
Condolences to her family! Captains fault or a swimmer not aware of the dangers of swimming of the fantail.
#30 Dec 4, 2012
We always swam off the fantail but the rule was never with the engine running, transmission engaged or not, no one in the water with the engine running.
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