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Florida Man Somehow Survives Getting Sucked into Nuclear Power Plant

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This is the St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant in Florida. Christopher Le Cun was recently scuba diving nearby. He saw three shadowy objects beneath the water and decided to investigate. They were water intake vents for the nuclear plant. Each was about 16 feet wide. When he got too close to one of them, it sucked him in.

For five minutes, the strong flow of the vent pulled Le Cun around the interior of the plant in total darkness. After a quarter mile journey, the vent spat Le Cun into a water tank used to cool the nuclear reactor.

Le Cun is now suing Florida Power and Light, which operates the plant. The New York Daily News reports that the company insists that it was diligent in protecting wayward Florida men:

However, the company claims that there was a sign telling potential visitors to “stay back 100 feet” to avoid getting sucked into an unwelcome James Bond-style thrill ride.

It also said that Le Cun intentionally swam into the intake pipe and got past equipment meant to prevent anything foreign from getting into the pipe.

So far, Le Cun has not developed superpowers. Presumably repeated exposures to nuclear energy are necessary for that effect.

-via Florida Man

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I've also seen reports that they moored to a warning buoy... so they quite clearly knew they were some place they shouldn't be.

And the guy ended up in a tidal retention pond, no closer to the plant than the public roads would get you.
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