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Charges Dropped for Diver Blamed for His Friendsí Deaths

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In September, we wrote about a British Sub Aqua Club dive instructor, Stephen Martin, who was fighting extradition to Malta, where he faced a ten-year sentence on the charge of causing the deaths of his girlfriend and a close friend during a dive trip last June.

Martin was on a diving vacation with eight friends when his girlfriend of five years descended from 49 feet to 114 feet without warning. He and another diver went down to help her, but the other diver got in trouble, and by the time Martin got her to shore, she had died of a pulmonary edema. The second diver also died. Martin, a broken man, went home, but soon Maltese authorities accused him of being negligent in his obligations and brought charges. Since he was a certified instructor, "he had failed to keep a close watch," and should have halted the dive, due to "prevailing weather conditions."...

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