A 14-year-old girl drowned under a pool cover at the end of a swim practice when her teammates and coach did not notice that she was missing.
Her family is now filing a $70 million wrongful death lawsuit.
Nabila Mazouz tragically died when she and her teammates were putting cover on the pool at the end of practice at a leisure center in Hillsboro, Oregon, on 20 November 2019.
The youth took a piece of cover for the end of the pool, then swam under it and placed another piece on top.
Coaches instructed groups of young swimmers to cover the facility’s indoor pool with heavy covers that create suction when the water rolls over, the suit says.
At that point, Nabila and some of his fellow swimmers then grabbed a second cover and swam to the deep end, leaving it next to the first cover.
It was after the second piece was placed that Nabila, a freshman at the Oregon Episcopal School, found it difficult, but neither her peers nor the coach noticed that she was missing.
Patty, the young player’s mother, waited in her car outside the Hillsborough Shot Park Aquatic for practice to end, and sounded the alarm when she saw the other team members and the coach coming out.
25 minutes after the meeting ended, Nabila was found dead in the dark pool.
Two years after the teenager’s untimely death, her grieving mother Patty and father Mustafa filed the lawsuit in Washington County Circuit Court last Tuesday.
It names the city of Hillsborough, the Hillsborough School District, and Universal Filtration Inc., the manufacturer of the cover that engages youth, and a pool goods vendor as defendants.
They argue that Nabila’s death was a direct result of their collective negligence.
speaking of tragedy coins 6An emotional Patty, a Portland news outlet, said: “The thing that makes it so bad is that Nabila’s death could have been prevented.
“We hope this lawsuit will change the aquatics industry to prevent further tragedy.
“We continue to live out every parent’s nightmare.”
The parent’s filing also claims that the design and construction of the cover allowed the teen to get trapped under it.
The lawsuit states that the cover also violated industry standards for protection and that the pool cover fell short of labeling requirements.
It also cites the Hillsborough School District, Hillsborough City and City Parks and Recreation Department, “failing to supervise the swim team while they covered the pool to ensure it was done safely.” ” and “members of the swimming team were allowed to swim under “pool covers”.
The suit takes issue with the district’s use of special cover, which the Mazouz family argues was not in accordance with code, and there were no lifeguards on duty.
While failing to train staff on how to cover the pool safely, and perhaps most importantly, Nabila didn’t reunite with other team members.
The district declined to comment on the trial, but issued this statement regarding the teenager’s passing: “Nabila’s death was a tragedy we are still mourning. Our hearts and thoughts are with her family and everyone who knows her.” continue to the people.”
The city responded to the incident through its spokesman Patrick Preston, who said in a statement to The Oregonian: “Our hearts go out with the Mazouze family and everyone in our community devastated by Nabila’s tragic death.”
He added that “the City of Hillsborough is committed to looking after the safety and well-being of all members of the community in all city facilities.”
Hillsborough School District spokeswoman Beth Gresser said Mazouz’s “death was a tragedy that we are all still grieving.”
“Our hearts and thoughts go out to his family and everyone who knew him,” Greser said.