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.