A Hawaii man who had a heart attack following having a false alert about an incoming ballistic missile flashed cellphones in January has resisted the nation, accusing it of neglect in the episode that contradicted tens of thousands of individuals.
James Sean Shields was driving to the beach with his girlfriend about the afternoon of Saturday, Jan. 13, once the state flashed alerts onto mobiles round the seas: “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”
The message came in a time of increasing tensions between the USA and North Korea, which had claimed it had grown a ballistic missile which can reach the U.S. mainland. It sent tens of thousands of island residents at a panicked look for refuge prior to the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency remembered the message that a half-hour later, stating it was shipped in error.
Shields and his girlfriend filed the litigation in the nation’s First Circuit Court on Tuesday.
“They determined that there wasn’t much they can do to protect themselves in the danger and determined that when they were going to perish, they may also perish together on the shore,” the suit stated, according to a copy printed by Hawaii News Now.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified financial compensation.
Shortly after telephone calls to bid farewell to his nearest and dearest, including his son and daughter around the U.S. mainland, Shields felt burning and pain in his chest, ” the suit stated. The few rushed to a hospital, where Shields’ heart ceased shortly after birth and faltered again following cardiopulmonary resuscitation. He underwent emergency surgery to save his life,” the lawsuit stated.
Shields’ girlfriend, Brenda Reichel, is also a plaintiff in the suit, seeking unspecified damages for the emotional upset of seeing her boyfriend have a heart attack and “nearly die on many occasions.”
Richard Rapoza, a Hawaii Emergency Management Agency spokesman, said that the bureau looked ahead to resolving the litigation” at a suitable forum.”
“We combine all of the men and women that are looking the best for Mr. Shields and his loved ones,” Rapoza said.
An investigation discovered that the worker who delivered the alert had confused an alert drill to get a real assault. The worker was later terminated.
The Federal Communication Commission’s analysis concluded in April a “mix of human error and insufficient safeguards” were to blame.