Man Jailed For First- Time Diver's Lake Death
Diver|September 2017

THE OWNER OF A WELSH online company that sold golf balls retrieved from lakes has been jailed for 32 months for manslaughter, following the diving death of an employee.

To meet Diving at Work regulations in retrieving the balls, Dale Pike's company Boss Golf Balls should have employed a commercial dive-team, at a cost of around £1250 a day, Cardiff Crown Court was told.

Instead Pike told Gareth Pugh, a 29-year-old acquaintance described as having learning difficulties, that he would pay him £20-40 a day to carry out the work.

Pike, 26, was the only other person present when Pugh drowned in a lake at Peterstone Lakes Golf Club near Cardiff on 11 February – although with his arm in plaster, the employer could not have provided acceptable surface cover.

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