Holly Hill is exactly right...
Teresa Mars - Widow of Wave Dancer victim
March 29, 2003 at 18:59:44
Holly Hill is exactly right. Peter Hughes, although based in the U.S.A., and primarily markets his trips to U.S. citizens, has to slip under the law and register his boats in other countries. Therefore, they are not subject to U.S. Coast Guard standards and rules.
This fact was most definitely not known to the poor passengers on the Wave Dancer. As I have said before, Ray worked for the FDA for over 29 years and strongly believed in regulation and protection for consumers. He based his whole career on it. How horribly sad that something like this, which demanded no regulations, ended his life in it's prime.
My question is, "Why is this allowed by our government"? No one can actually believe that the United States of America would allow such sloppy business practices. By the way, the lawsuit has been settled, much to my dismay, in a manner totally favoring Peter Hughes and Captain Phillip Martin. It seems that no one cares about the dead, just business as usual.
And that just leads to more unnecessary tragedies. Recently a Sea Dancer customer was severely injured and almost died in Turks and Caicos during a shark feeding dive. Fortunately, she was saved by her husband, who is a physician, and another passenger, a surgeon.
So if you want to stay healthy, I would urge everyone to avoid Dancer boats. The way Hughes set up his corporation, there is no accountability and the result is dangerous boats.