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Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Sucked in

Lake Michigan is cold. And deep. The beaches are breathtakingly beautiful. It can be a great place to go swimming and scuba diving, if you stay away from turbine cooling intake pipes. Like this woman learned over the weekend:

A West Michigan native, scuba diving in Lake Michigan over the weekend, had a close call after she was sucked into a Consumer's Energy water intake pipe.
She was carried a half mile, underwater, travelling at six feet per second. She ended up in a lagoon at the end of the pipe. Eddy was able to get herself out of the water, suffering just a broken nose. (WZZM: Woman Survives Local Scuba Scare)

She is really lucky. The pipe was supposed to have protective mesh over the opening. But, but the mesh had been removed for repairs. I bet the power company had people checking all such intake valves today. I hope.

Posted by Marie at July 5, 2005 10:20 PM


Wow, that's more than 7 minutes in a dark pipe being sucked along into who knows where. I'd have been dead from fright long before I hit the lagoon.

Posted by: Kem White at July 6, 2005 12:07 PM

Yeah, me too.

Posted by: Marie at July 6, 2005 6:49 PM