Nabila Maazouz’s (14) family recently filed a lawsuit over drowning in November 2019.
In 2019, a 14-year-old girl drowned at the Hillsboro Shute Park Aquatic & Recreation Center. Now, her family has filed a $ 70 million lawsuit against the Hillsboro School District, the city, and others on allegations that their negligence resulted in the child’s death.
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The 14-year-old drowning victim was Nabila Maazouz. She was a freshman at the Oregon Episcopal School and part of the Liberty High School swim team. On November 20, 2019, she was “found dead under a pool cover after a swim team training”.
What happened? How did the child get stuck under the covers? The lawsuit, filed in Multnomah County District Court, states that “the team’s coach instructed swimmers to cover the pool with heavy covers that create suction when rolled onto the water.”
The suit states, “Maazouz and several other swimmers grabbed a pool cover and swam with it to the deep end of the pool.” It adds that the swimmers “swam under the cover back to the other end of the pool where they swam a second Snap the pool cover, swim with it to the deep end and put it next to the first cover “. The lawsuit states that Maazouz did not reappear while her teammates swam under second cover. Unfortunately, the swim team “continued to cover the pool without noticing Maazouz’s disappearance,” the lawsuit said.
When the pool was completely covered, the coaches and swimmers turned off the lights and left. Patricia Maazouz, the child’s mother, “was waiting in the facility’s parking lot when she noticed team members were leaving without their daughter,” the suit reads. When her daughter did not show up, Ms. Maazouz went in and asked the “trainers and staff at the facility where her daughter was”. After the facility was searched, Nabila was “found dead under the pool covers at the deep end of the pool.”
According to the lawsuit, “the design of the ThermGard pool covers was inappropriately dangerous … and left Maazouz trapped under it.” violated “.
Universal Filtration Inc. is the company that makes the ThermGard pool cover. The company was sold by BK Reilly & Co .. Both were named as defendants in the lawsuit. Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Department and Hillsboro School District are also defendants and allegedly negligently “allowed use of pool covers, allowed swimmers to swim under the covers, and failed to properly train staff, swimmers, and staff in how to use the covers safely.” “. , had no lifeguards on duty and did not notice Maazouz, did not appear again. “
Commenting on the tragic incident, a city spokesman Patrick Preston said:
“Our hearts go out to the Maazouz family and everyone in our community devastated by the tragic death of Nabila … The City of Hillsboro is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all community members in all city facilities.”
Beth Graser, a school district spokeswoman, also intervened, saying:
“Nabila’s death was a tragedy that we all still mourn. Our hearts and thoughts remain with her family and everyone they knew. “
Hillsboro drowned swimmer family files $ 70 million lawsuit
A 14-year-old family found drowned under the cover of the city pool is filing a $ 70 million lawsuit