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Posted by on February 27, 2005 at 23:11:10:

Family sues company over drowning

A Canadian man has filed a lawsuit against a League City man and the scuba-diving company he represented claiming that faulty equipment caused his wife to drown.

Stanislav and Libuse Kodejs in 2003 booked a scuba dive as part of their vacation in Cozumel, Mexico. The couple, living in North Carolina at the time, took their vacation in February 2004.

They went diving on Feb. 23, 2004, in an area near Cozumel known as the Santa Rosa Wall. While diving, Libuse Kodejs apparently inhaled water and drowned.

Stanislav Kodejs’ lawsuit alleges the company Aldora Divers, said to have been run by League City resident David Dillehay, was negligent in providing scuba equipment that proved to be ineffective. The suit also claims the company improperly supervised Libuse Kodejs’ dive and had no plan to respond to emergencies such as hers.

The defendants could not be reached for comment late Friday.

Aldora’s Web site states that the company hired dive masters who “consider themselves guides and entertainers as well as guardians of safety.”

The site also warns that while the company provides a diving boat and certified instructors, constant supervision of divers is not part of the package.

“Dives will be limited to 130 feet but not closely monitored,” the company’s site states.

The suit seeks an unspecified amount of damages and was filed Friday in the 10th State District Court.

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