A group of attorneys, insurance workers and investigators thumbed through trash from a deadly boat explosion left in dumpsters in Denver.
They are checking to see if someone may have thrown away vital clues to the cause of the boat fire that killed 19-year-old Nate Coppick in June.
Days after the deadly explosion workers were allowed to throw parts of the boat and items that didn't look that important then. This search began the same day that Coppick's family filed suit against the owners of the pleasure boat and marina.
Attorney Andy O'Hara is representing the Coppick family in the wrongful death suit.
“We believe that death was unnecessary. It really was the perfect storm of bad consequences,” O’Hara said.
He said the Captain of the Championship II left the boat generator on while Coppick was refueling it. It was by law supposed to be turned off. He said the pump wasn't supposed to have a spring lever like those found at gas stations.
O'Hara said despite the fact that the investigation into what caused the spark that that ignited those gas fumes is not complete yet, that still won't hurt the family's pursuit of a law suit.
“Ultimately it is the responsibility of the owner or operator of these facilities or of that vessel,” he said,
The Wesport Marina Owner didn't return calls for response. Eyewitness News did find the owner of the ship. But they had no comment on pending litigation.