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Lanai, HI – Fatal Scuba Diving Accident Takes Life of Mark Sundermeier

October 26, 2022

Lanai, HI (October 25, 2022) – A man from Nebraska vacationing in Hawaii lost his life in an apparent scuba diving accident near Lanai over the weekend. Police reported that the 62-year-old victim was identified as Mark Sundermeir of Blair, Nebraska. 

Police in Maui were called to Manele Small Boat Harbor shortly before 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. Information from police states that Sundermeir was taking part in a scuba diving tour near the dive site area named “Knob Hill” off Lanai. 

While conducting a roll call, tour staff noticed that Sundermeir was missing from the group. Authorities stated that he was found unresponsive in the water a few minutes later. 

Sundermeier was promptly transported to Manele Boat Harbor where he was pronounced deceased on-site by paramedics. The actual cause of death has not been reported at this time. 

Police continue to investigate the details of the accident. No further information has been reported. 

We would like to offer our sincere condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time. 

Lanai Tourist Fatalities

Lanai, HI - Fatal Scuba Diving Accident Takes Life of Mark Sundermeier Hawaii is one of the most popular tourist locations in the United States. The beautiful weather and landscape make for a fantastic getaway from normal, day-to-day life. Additionally, locals and tourists alike are able to benefit from relaxation, rest, and a plethora of different activities to try. 

Sadly, there are numerous guided tour leaders and group activity operators who act negligently while implementing the mandatory measures required for the safety of their participants. It is not uncommon for the equipment they use to have been poorly maintained and for their staff to have less training than what is required. 

There are a lot of risky activities in Hawaii that require the supervision and assistance of people who are experienced. Some of these include jet skiing, ziplining, scuba diving, boating, parasailing, cliff jumping, and more. If you or someone you love were injured on a guided tour or organized group activity, you may qualify for financial compensation for a wide array of aspects related to your injuries.

Unfortunately, tour operators often attempt to place the blame on their patrons when patrons were injured under their supervision. Accident reports completed by managers, owners, or their staff usually draft a false narrative that does not reflect the true events that took place during the incident. 

Tour operators attempt to do this to save their company from any/all liability. If you were hurt while taking part in an organized group activity or guided tour, you may be eligible to pursue compensation.

At Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner, our Hawaii recreational injury attorneys will thoroughly investigate the details of your accident and figure out whether negligence displayed by the tour operator played a part in your injuries. 

Most corporations that manage group recreational activities require their patrons to sign a waiver before participating in their activity. This is to save them from responsibility if anything bad happens. The idea that signing a waiver keeps an injured victim from filing a personal injury or wrongful death claim is untrue. A waiver only protects against inherent dangers related to the fully disclosed activity at hand. 

Our personal injury attorneys in Hawaii can go over your signed waiver and its entire contents and determine the range of its validity. Contact our Honolulu vacation accident attorneys at (808) 537-2525 if you believe you may be eligible for financial compensation for the losses and damages you face.

Notes: Our team of writers uses secondary sources such as news reports, and local and state police incident reports to create these posts. We have not independently verified all of the facts surrounding this particular accident so if there is any information that is incorrect, please contact Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner right away so that we can update the post right away to reflect the most accurate information available. 

Disclaimer: This post is not a solicitation for business. The photo used in this post was not taken at the actual accident scene. None of the information in this post is intended to be legal advice or medical advice. If you are injured in an accident, seek medical assistance immediately. 

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