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PADI Pays Up After a Training Death

It's settled, but expect no public insight about PADI

from the March, 2023 issue of Undercurrent   Subscribe Now

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PADI has settled a $12 million lawsuit brought by the family of Linnea Mills, who drowned during an Advanced Open Water Certification class in Lake MacDonald, 3150 feet high in Glacier National Park.

Linnea MillsPADI, which has been very successful in keeping itself out of the public limelight in trials, argued that it should not be included in this lawsuit, preferring to let the other defendants, the Gull Dive Center of Missoula (Montana), and the two instructors, take the rap.

But the Mills family fought that, and Linnea's mother posted this on Facebook. "For the past 10 months, PADI has been withholding evidence of accidents similar to Linnea's, evidence of its business and sales practices, and evidence of its financial information. This evidence is relevant to show that PADI was aware of accidents caused by the same factors as our daughter's (there was one death strikingly similar to Linnea's death, with the diver's drysuit hose disconnected, just seven months before Linnea died). PADI does not enforce its own standards and membership agreements . . . . Our lawyers went to court to compel PADI to turn over this evidence, and [in November] the court granted our motion."...

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