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Nekton Pilot's alcoholic captain neglected Cory Monk...

Keith - Divemaster / Yacht captain
June 30, 2008 at 23:41:23

I got off the boat before Cory Monk died.  He told me personally that he needed to get to shore to get some medication for his bi-polar medical condition and that the captain wouldn't let him off the boat to get his medicine because 'cleaning the ship was more important'.

I myself had not been able to leave the ship for three weeks straight, and I know that Cory wasn't the kind of person to lie about such concerns.  Cory suffered from a simular medical episode on board in which the Captain should have at least had him removed from the ship and medically evaluated to see if he was in safe medical condition to continue working.

I know it's been a while, and I don't know what length the USCG, PADI, and other investigations were made into the death of Cory Monk, but from the short time I spent aboard covering the messes made by their inexperienced alcoholic Captain, I have no doubt that the neglect of the crew's medical needs certainly played a big part in the fatality of Cory Monk.

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