Florida: Scuba Diver Sucked by Nuclear Plant Intake

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Christopher Le Cun, a scuba diver from Florida said that he was sucked by a pipe from the St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant. The pipe sucks 500,000 gallons of water per minute.

Le Cun said that he did not realize that he was scuba diving near the pipe. However, he soon grasped the fact that he lost control of the situation.

He said, “When I was first sucked into the pipe, it was so turbulent it was unbelievable. I had to hang onto my mask. It was 20-30 seconds before I got my bearings.”

Le Cun said that he was enjoying a day with his family and best friend on 12 July 2015. He and his friend decided to scuba dive and they dived down to a mysterious structure vaguely visible below. Le Cun swam up to the structure which resembled a building. However, he felt a strong current, reported newser.

His diving partner recalled the incident and noted, “He got sucked in like a wet noodle—he just, poof, gone.”

Le Cun said he struggled to maintain his mask and regulator. He was inside the  1/4-mile-long, 16-foot-wide intake pipe for not more than five minutes.  The intake pipe is owned by the Florida Power & Light Co.

In the mean time, his partner Robert Blake surfaced totally frightened. Le Cun’s family called 911 but he didn’t need intervention as he was spate out into the plant’s cooling pond.

Christopher Le Cun saw a worker there who asked him how he ended up there. The worker also told him that he was lucky to survive and that they were about to leave the plant in five minutes. Le Cun borrowed the man’s cell and called his wife, reported CNN.

Although, Le Cun survived he sued Florida Power & Light Co (FPL), stating that the pipe was not marked the reason which led to the incident that was about to take his life.

FPL spokesman Greg Brostowicz said, “The diver in July intentionally swam into one of the intake pipes after bypassing a piece of equipment to minimize the entry of objects.”

Apparently, this was not the first instance that a diver was sucked up by the intake pipe. In 1989 another scuba diver, William Lamm,  also experienced the same and managed to survive.

Nuclear plants have always  posed a threat to those living around it. Recently, after a volcanic eruption of Japan’s Sakurajima Japan Meteorological Agency has banned entry to the Sakurajima area. One of the reasons for this could also be a fact that Mt. Sakurajima is just 30 miles from the Sendai nuclear power station.

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