Pumping Station Drowning Investigation

Audio tapes and surveillance video obtained by action news show exactly what went wrong the day Coalinga native Martin Alvarado and his co-worker Tim Crawford jumped in to check the trash racks at a Los Banos pumping station. Alvarado's family members say the new revelations are heartbreaking.

Pump five at the Dos Amigos Pumping Station was never shut off the morning Martin Alvarado and his dive partner Tim Crawford dove in February of 2007.

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Records show the divers enter the water at 10:10 that morning. At 10:23 the dive tender watches their air bubbles sweep into pump 5 and disappear.

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Comment by Bill Ludvigsen on January 13, 2010 at 5:19pm
Job SAFETY PLAN. LTV. Not followed , Not Trained..........
Comment by Toby Dodd on November 19, 2009 at 3:58pm
this is the most absurd and f*cked up thing i've ever seen as far as diving goes.
Comment by Skylar on November 19, 2009 at 2:35pm
that is unacceptable. there are standards that real commercial divers follow that would not have allowed this to happen. this is just somebody not willing to pay the cost for a real dive team.

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