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Diving Death Compounded by Poor Payout

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After ruling on the case brought by the family of a Taiwanese tourist who lost her life while scuba diving off New Zealand's Coromandel Peninsula two years ago, a judge in Hamilton set a penalty fine and reparations at $191,000, but took into account the defendant's financial capacity, reducing the fine to zero and the damages to only $70,000.

Aside from inadequate supervision, the woman was fitted with a BCD that was too large and made it difficult for her to lift her head out of the water to breathe. She swam out of the enclosed bay where the dive was taking place, exhausted her air supply and was found hours later floating face down in the water....


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