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Man Survives Being Sucked Into Nuclear Plant's Sea Intake

Christopher Le Cun, a married father-of-two from Palm Bay, Florida, went out scuba diving with friend Robert Blake off Hutchinson Island. The two noticed shadows cast by large objects hundreds of feet beneath the waves. They saw a buoy nearby and decided to anchor their boat in order to check out the mysterious structures.

Cun told WPTV, "I swam right up to this big structure and it looks like a building underwater. I felt a little bit of current. All of a sudden it got a little quicker and I thought, 'this ain't right, this ain't right." Before he could do anything, Cun was sucked into one of the structures.

It turned out to be 16ft-wide intake pipes, with the potential to drain 500,000 gallons of water per minute into large pools to cool the nuclear plant's reactors.

Cun said it was like being sucked over a waterfall, and he found himself in complete darkness as he was swept along. Blake thought he witnessed his friend die. He swam back to the boat and told Cun's wife Brittany, who was waiting with the couple's young son. Hundreds of feet below them, Cun was worried he would be cut by the turbine sucking the water in.

Cun shared, "I contemplated, you know, do I just pull the regulator out of my mouth and just die? I started thinking about my family, you know, how are they going to survive without me?"

Five minutes later, Cun was deposited into one of the reservoir pools used to store water before it is pumped into the reactor. He was then able to climb out. He was still in his scuba gear when he met a shocked employee.

The employee got Cun a phone so he could call his wife. Cun is now trying to sue the power plant saying there were no safety measures in place. A spokesperson for the power plant said the buoy, that Cun and Blake attached their boat to, had a warning sign telling people to "stay 100ft back."

The plant's owners said, "Nothing is more important than safety at our St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plants, which is a reason that we have a protective over the intake piping. The diver intentionally swam into one of the intake pipes after bypassing a piece of equipment to minimize the entry of objects."

Photo: Mad World News, WLBZ2

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