BRAINTREE (CBS) – An online fundraising page has been created for the family of a Texas man who died last week when his oxygen tank stopped working while he inspected a massive water tank in Braintree.

David Scott of Fort Worth, Texas was submerged in the water on Thursday when he lost oxygen.

A spotter jumped in to try and save his coworker, but was overcome by the 45-degree water. That man survived after being rescued from the tank.

Technical rescue team members on top of a Braintree water tank where two workers were trapped inside. (WBZ-TV)

Technical rescue team members on top of a Braintree water tank where two workers were trapped inside. (WBZ-TV)

Scott’s 14-year-old son was on the ground as the tragedy unfolded.

According to an online fundraising page, Scott was the only financial provider for his family.

The fundraising page has brought in more than $6,000 as of Wednesday morning. The money will be used to pay for Scott’s funeral services, and anything extra will be used toward Christmas gifts for his children.

Comments (3)
  1. This is why we teach the use of a line tended diver! I know and have worked with David on several jobs. This “Accident” should have never happened. SCUBA is prohibited in our industry except for rescue, If he were on a legal SSA line he would have never lost his air supply. Had a standby diver been positioned correctly he would be alive. Bottles fail Divers die. His “Spotter” should have been dressed out and ready to render aid. The Chlorine in the tank, the depth an the temperature could have killed the “Spotter”. This mode of diving has to be removed by federal statue from our industry. David was a friend and an experienced diver; why he violated this most sacred rule is unknown, however it needs to be investigated and dealt with swiftly and harshly.

  2. Watching the Video; there are no air lines running into the tank!
    Call me I’ll gladly lend assistance.

  3. John Joly says:

    ANOTHER diver lost in the name of saving money! Until the vast majority of divers participate in forcing the improvement of safety, this will go on. Such tragedies are overlooked by the general public and only changes in regulations will stop such incidents. If you have read this far,ask yourself if you are willing to actively pursue the needed changes. If you are, join the Divers Association, speak up with your Union, attend Underwater Intervention and ask questions. WHY don’t we have effective inspection and enforcement of the regulations which already exist and WHY don’t we have a single regulatory agency to do those things and to actively coordinate reasonable safety codes for all who undertake work in the water? My sympathy for David Scott and his family is sincere but it doesn’t change their loss.

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