Nabila Maazouz’s family is now filing a £ 50 million wrongful death lawsuit two years later. She was found dead after her teammates and her coach failed to realize she was missing
A 14-year-old girl was trapped under a pool cover and drowned after a swim training session when her teammates and trainer failed to realize she was missing.
Now, two years later, Nabila Maazouz’s family is filing an unlawful death lawsuit for $ 70 million (£ 51.4 million).
Her desperate mother Patty and father Mostafa filed the lawsuit last Tuesday in the Washington County Circuit Court in Oregon.
The tragedy occurred at the Shute Park Aquatic and Recreation Center in the city of Hillsboro on November 20, 2019.
Nabila was trapped after her teammates put the second cover on the pool at the end of their training session. Meanwhile, her unsuspecting mother was waiting outside to pick her up.
The lawsuit states that Nabila and her teammates placed the first cover on the pool and swam back under it to retrieve the second.
After placing the second, they all swam under it again, but Nabila did not appear at the shallow end.
She was found dead 25 minutes after training ended after her mother sounded the alarm over worrying about not leaving the building.
After a panicked search, she was found drowned at the deep end under the covers.
Patty said to KOIN 6, “What makes it so bad is that Nabila’s death was preventable.
“We hope this lawsuit will change the water industry to prevent further tragedy.
“We continue to live every parent’s worst nightmare.”
After her body was found, trainers and staff tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate the teenager.
The police were called at 9:26 p.m. and Nabila was pronounced dead at the scene.
The file names the city of Hillsboro, the Hillsboro School District and Universal Filtration Inc (which make the pool covers) and The Pool and Spa House (a swimwear retailer) as defendants and alleges that their collective negligence was responsible for Nabila’s death.
It is also said that the covers are “defective and inappropriately dangerous” and violate industry safety standards.
Patty continued, “Those responsible must be held accountable.
“The worst part was that Nabila’s death was avoidable.”
The file also berated the city and school district for “allowing members of the swim team to swim under the pool covers” and “not supervising the swim team while they covered the pool to make sure it was safe”.
The district is particularly coming under fire for using the cover, not having lifeguards on duty, not training staff on how to use the cover, and not realizing that Nabila has disappeared.
The Latest Page News has contacted the Hillsboro School District, Universal Filtration Inc, and The Pool and Spa House for comment.
Patrick Preston, a Hillsboro city spokesman, said he had a “responsibility to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all community members in all city facilities.”
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