Some Blame Boat Owner for Fatal Shark Attack

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Posted by on February 26, 2008 at 17:17:59:

In Reply to: Jim Abernethy’s Scuba Adventures, posted by on February 26, 2008 at 13:45:15:

A shark bite killed a man diving near the Bahamas Sunday.

Now, some are blaming the dive boat's owner.

Divers explain, 49 year old Austrian lawyer, Markus Groh was diving from the "Shear Water" boat, when he was bitten in the leg by a bull shark.

He was rescued by the Coast Guard but later died at a Miami hospital.

The President of the Bahamas Diving Association says Jim Abernethy, the owner of the Shear Water, out of Riviera Beach, didn't follow recommended guidelines.

Neal Watson claims the association sent Abernethy a letter warning him not to continue hosting dangerous shark dives.

Watson says during dives with Abernethy, food was put in the water and people swam among dangerous shark species without a cage to protect them.

Neal Watson tells NewsChannel 5, "It was a ticking time bomb. It was a case of not if but when something was gonna happen."

Watson says the Bahamian government is now considering outlawing shark dives with dangerous species without the use of a cage.

Abernethy did not respond to accusations against him, but told NewsChannel 5 by phone, "At this time my heart and soul goes out to the loved ones and family members who are affected by this unfortunate accident."

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