New Hampshire lawsuit alleges faulty wiring at marina

A New Hampshire snorkeler is seeking a half-million dollars from the federal government in a lawsuit.

A New Hampshire snorkeler is seeking a half-million dollars from the federal government in a lawsuit that says he suffered an electric shock while cleaning the bottom of a boat.

The lawsuit that Joel St. Jean, of Portsmouth, filed in U.S. District Court in New Hampshire names the United States as the defendant and says the shock he received on Aug. 27, 2013, was attributable to faulty wiring at a marina owned and maintained by the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, according to Seacoast Online.

After he was shocked, St. Jean said in his lawsuit, he "was seen floating in the water unconscious with the scuba regulator in his mouth,” the website reported.

The Justice Department’s Aviation and Admiralty Litigation Section has asked the court to dismiss the case, alleging that St. Jean’s injuries, “if any,” were not caused by faulty wiring at the shipyard.


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