NH Boater Seeks $500K for ‘Electrocution’

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A New Hampshire man has filed a $500,000 lawsuit against the federal government because he claims he was “electrocuted” while diving to clean the bottom of his boat at a marina owned and maintained by the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, according to an article on SeacoastOnline.com.

The lawsuit was filed by Joel St. Jean in the U.S. District Court of New Hampshire and alleges he was diving, to clean the bottom of a boat, on August 27, 2013 when he was “electrocuted (shocked) by the electrical current from the marina.” St. Jean claims in his lawsuit the federal government owns and controls the Kittery, Maine marina and “negligently failed to maintain, inspect and/or otherwise keep a safe electrical supply for vessels in the marina.” After he was shocked, St. Jean claims in his lawsuit, he “was seen floating in the water unconscious with the scuba regulator in his mouth.”

Read about a New Hampshire boater’s lawsuit claiming he was electrocuted while cleaning his boat.