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CDNN: AquaZone, Sheico PKS to pay $1.4 million diver death settlement

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HONOLULU, Hawaii (21 May 2006) -- Three companies have agreed to pay $1.4 million to the family of a West Virginia woman who died while scuba diving off Hawai'i Kai.

Susann Lovejoy, 42, of Huntington, W.Va., drowned during a scuba diving trip July 14, 2003, when she had problems with a device that controls the diver's buoyancy, said family attorney Rick Fried.

Her inexperience as a scuba diver combined with the malfunction of her buoyancy device and a lack of supervision contributed to the drowning, Fried said.

The settlement calls for the Waikiki-based scuba dive charter, AquaZone, to pay $400,000. The manufacturer of the diving equipment, Sheico PKS Inc., paid $300,000, and the equipment distributor paid $700,000.

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