The California Department of Water Resources Operations Chief Carl Torgersen says his workers suffered from complacency, the day two divers drowned in the aqueduct. Tim Crawford and Martin Alvarado were performing an inspection dive at the Dos Amigos Pumping Station when they got sucked up against the trash racks by one of the massive pumps. We wanted to give you some of the recordings we obtained under the California Public Records Act that show just how abysmal the emergency response was that day.
You can hear from some of the divers’ relatives and see more information about what happened in our first report from February.
For our report, Carl Torgersen told me no one's been disciplined for the divers' deaths. Late today, through his spokesman, Department of Water Resources Director Lester Snow says Torgersen also was not disciplined for the failures of the workers under him. Snow says he has no plans to replace Torgersen.