A story posted in the Willamette Week Online calls out for an episode of Paul Harvey’s “The Rest of the Story.” The dramatic story entitled “JUICY SUITS: Blood in the Water after Scuba Mask takes Nose” and authored by James Pitkin, certainly made us wonder if we should be careful with Oceanic scuba masks. However, sad that a young girl was injured, with the facts in hand this story makes a good cautionary tale for parents about watching that you children play safely in the pool and not another big bad corporation story.
We contacted Dan Emke, VP at Oceanic Worldwide and the attorneys for both parties. They gave us the full story. As it turns out, the mask was not the one of Oceanic’s scuba diving line masks, as was shown in the story, but was a mask from a youth snorkeling kit purchased while on a Hawaiian family vacation. Addtionally, the accident took place when the injured girl was standing at the bottom of a pool slide. Another girl slide down the slide in such a way that her foot ran into the facemask and broke the glass. The girl’s injuries were also less severe than indicated by the story and her nose was fully restored at the hospital.