Posted by northcoast diver on January 29, 2005 at 20:12:59:
In Reply to: Re: the insurance will probably cover it posted by MJG on January 27, 2005 at 18:30:57:
I think most people would sell their own souls for $4 million.
Also, there is rage. Remember the rage depicted in the movie Open Water when they were floating alone?
If it were me, I am sure I would be pissed about being left behind.
But I would have sued every dummazz responsible. Including the dive buddies. Maybe even including the Coast Guard for their incompetent SAR mission.
So after the Boy Scouts / Sea Scouts rescue you, and you get back to shore, and after the nightmares are over, you decide on what you should do.
An ambulance chasing lawyer, or friend who is a lawyer, tells you this is worth several million dollars, and not to admit any fault of your own (same as in car wrecks).
You have just sailed under a lucky star. You won the lottery.
I cannot imagine that anyone could resist that temptation, to play that game.
That is why we have insurance. And that is why the ITC is more rigorous than OW1. And that is why the USCG licenses boat captains. Because people will in fact sue you whenever there is a CF like this one. (CF = Cluster Fxxk / nautical term.)
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