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How did Nabila Maazouz die? Parents of the 14-year-old girl complain after a tragedy for 70 million US dollars

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Nabila Maazouz’s parents claim that ThermaGard’s pool covers are “defective and inappropriately dangerous” and that she could be caught underneath

HILLSBORO, OREGON: The parents of an Oregon teenager who drowned in a pool are suing a number of entities for negligence that resulted in wrongful death two years after the tragic incident. On November 20, 2019, 14-year-old Nabila Maazouz died after being trapped under the pool cover at Shute Park Aquatic & Recreation Center in Hillsboro. Allegedly, the teenager and her teammates put the cover over the pool, but the other students left without realizing that Maazouz was still inside.

Maazouz reportedly took a piece of cover for the end of the pool and then swam back under it to retrieve another piece, which he placed on top. After the second piece was placed, the Oregon Episcopal School freshman and Liberty High School swim team member got into trouble, but neither her teammates nor her coach noticed she was missing.

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Her mother was waiting in her car in front of the sports center for the training session to end and only raised the alarm when she saw the other team members and the trainer come out. Maazouz was found dead in the deep end of the darkened pool 25 minutes after the meeting ended. Lifeguards and rescue workers tried to save them but were unsuccessful.

Maazouz’s parents – Patricia and Mostafa – reportedly filed a lawsuit in Multnomah County District Court in Oregon on October 5. The US $ 70 million wrongful death lawsuit allegedly names the City of Hillsboro, Hillsboro School District and Universal Filtration Inc., the cover maker and seller of Portland pool goods, and the Pool and Spa House as defendants and argues that Maazoz’s death as a direct result of their collective negligence.

The Oregonian lawsuit alleges that the ThermaGard pool covers are “defective and inappropriately dangerous” and that Maazouz could be trapped underneath. The covers also violated industry standards for safety and failed to meet pool cover labeling requirements, the lawsuit said. ThermaGard is manufactured by Universal Filtration Inc.

The lawsuit also cites Hillsboro School District, the City of Hillsboro, and the City’s Parks and Recreation Department for allowing pool cover use, not having lifeguards on duty, not training staff in safe pool cover and doing so do not notice Maazouz did not appear again with the other team members.

“Our hearts go out with the Maazouz family and everyone in our community who are devastated by the tragic death of Nabila,” said city spokesman Patrick Preston in a statement. “The City of Hillsboro strives to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all community members in all of the city’s facilities.”

Hillsboro School District spokeswoman Beth Graser said Maazouz’s death was a tragedy we all still mourn. She added, “Our hearts and minds go on with her family and everyone they knew.” The Hillsboro School District and city council reportedly said days after Maazouz’s death that they were discussing procedural changes to pool swimming practice. Changes included having the facility’s staff cover the pools after swimming exercises for the remainder of the season, as well as providing a lifeguard or appointing a lifeguard certified trainer as a lifeguard for each workout.

Speaking to reporters, Patricia said, “The bad thing is that Nabila’s death was avoidable. We hope this lawsuit will bring about change in the water industry to prevent further tragedy. We continue to live every parent’s worst nightmare. ”She also said,“ Those responsible must be held accountable ”.

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