SCUBA Incident With Police Officer Causes Inquiry


This case involves an injury to a police officer in Harbor Patrol. The plaintiff, a thirty-four-year-old female, worked for NYPD’s Harbor Patrol. While surveying the East River, the plaintiff noticed an emergency which necessitated the use of SCUBA equipment. While performing her dive, the breathing mechanism began malfunctioning, causing the plaintiff to inhale a significant amount of water. Due to the inhalation of the water, she was hospitalized for a number of weeks.

Question(s) For Expert Witness

  • 1. How should a SCUBA unit function, and what defects may have been present to cause the problems in this case?

Expert Witness Response E-005542

I would be happy to perform this case review, and am intimately familiar with the design and maintenance requirements of SCUBA equipment. I have over fifteen years of experience with similar breathing systems, and feel confident I could assess the specific issues of the unit. In cases like this, it is important to examine the unit in question. Typically, there are a number of safeguards to ensure that breathing is not disrupted. The warnings, training provided, and maintenance records are all relevant to determine if there were any defects.

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