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Aug 9, 2016 9:57 AM

NH snorkeler shocked at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard marina sues US government

The Associated Press

PORTSMOUTH (AP) — A New Hampshire snorkeler has filed a federal lawsuit against the United States that claims he was shocked by faulty wiring at a marina owned by the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

The Portsmouth Herald reports the lawsuit, filed by Joel St. Jean in Concord, claims the federal government negligently failed to maintain a safe electrical supply for vessels in the Kittery, Maine marina.

The Portsmouth man says he was shocked while cleaning the bottom of a boat in August 2013. He allegedly was knocked unconscious and was left with a slew of prolonged medical issues following the incident.

St. Jean is seeking $500,000 in damages, plus interest and court costs.

Federal prosecutors say St. Jean's injuries were caused in whole or in part by his own negligence.

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