Lamartek Diving Gear Wasn't Navy-Grade, CEO Tells Jury

By Brandon Lowrey (May 11, 2016, 9:32 PM EDT) -- Diving gear company Lamartek wasn't entirely truthful when it claimed its O2ptima FX rebreather was designed to meet U.S. Navy standards, the company's CEO said Wednesday in the $25 million trial over the death of a well-known underwater photographer who allegedly drowned because of a faulty breathing apparatus.

Plaintiff's attorney Robert Spohrer of Spohrer & Dodd asked Lamartek Inc. CEO Lamar Hires whether his device met military standards, eliciting a lengthy explanation from Hires about how several of the rebreather's key components had earned approval and been used by the Navy and various agencies.

"Sir, I'm not asking you about the...

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