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Vilma Mena v. Lack's Beach Service and the City of Myrtle Beach On June 11, 2005, 18-year-old Jose Luis Mena, Jr., along with 3 friends (Juan Soto, Yesid Menton, and Charles Garcia), traveled from Gastonia, NC to Myrtle Beach, SC with...

On July 21, 2005, at approximately 3:00 PM, 8-year-old Cortez Stewart was swimming at the Mateo beach, typically referred to as "The Old Swimming Hole" in Dare County, North Carolina. He was accompanied by his older brother, Ben, and his...

On May 23, 2006, 18-year-old Tony Lot, a senior at Venus High School in Johnson County, drowned while on a class trip to Burger's Lake in west Fort Worth. Tony had been swimming with his classmates at the school's annual...

On August 15, 2005, 4-year-old Jonathan (Yoni) Gottesman was swimming in a pool at Cathedral Oaks Athletic Club while participating in a summer activities camp recreation swim session. He was motionless and partially submerged in the shallow end of the...

Date: March 22, 2009 35-year-old Bernard Rice was an athlete competitor during the November 04, 2006 Ford Ironman Florida event held in/at Panama City Beach, Florida. There were approximately 2,000 - 2,500 participants in the swim portion of this competition. During the...

ARTESIAN SPRINGS RESORT Artesian Springs Resort, located in Newton, Texas, is a 100+ acre camping and recreation facility in the Piney Woods of Eastern Texas. According to their website, the resort offers "premium campsites" for RV and tent camping, as well...

Note: This tragic incident occurred on September 26, 2001. After many delays, this case was finally slated for trial during the week of December 14, 2009. However, this case finally settled on December 11, 2009. Date: 12/11/09 On September 26, 2001, 2-year-old...

Date: January 18, 2010 On December 15, 2007, Stephanie Moss along with her 7-month-old daughter and 5-year-old stepchild, Farress Taylor, Jr., attended a birthday party for Stephanie’s nephew Jaylen. Stephanie was with the birthday group and was talking to her sister, Brynn...

Date: April 15, 2010 On Saturday, April 19, 2008, Lindsey Coles took her three children to the Mason Community Center to swim and play in the Community Center's Leisure Pool. They went to celebrate Bobby's 4th birthday that day and were...

Date: April 15, 2010 On June 13, 2008, Jana D. Holst and her two children, 4-year-old Colin and Kayla, met their friends to go swimming at the Life Time Fitness Center, located at 7101 South MoPa Expressway, in Austin, Texas, after...

6-year-old Dakota Lee Hansen experienced an unrecognized submersion incident on August 09, 2008 and died as a result of this incident. The actions or inactions of the owners, managers, operators, and lifeguard personnel either caused or contributed to her death....

12-year-old swim team member drowns in YMCA guarded pool. Author: Gerald M. Dworkin Date: July 19, 2012 On October 06, 2010, 12-year-old Olivia G. Linder was swimming at the YMCA indoor swimming pool. Olivia was considered to be a good swimmer and was...

According to witnesses, Federico progressed down the embankment on the west end of the detention pond, at which time he either jumped or fell into the water where the outlet culvert drain is located. Due to the force of the...

3-year-old drowns at municipal swimming pool. Author: Gerald M. Dworkin Date: August 02, 2012 On Monday, August 17, 2009, Michele Rivera took her 4 children to the City of Concord Keach Park Pool, including her 7-year-old son Nethaniel, 5-year-old daughter Nadia, 3-year-old daughter...

Author: Gerald M. Dworkin Date: October 08, 2012 On March 29, 2008, Shawn Carter arrived at the Renaissance Hotel and checked in at 5:23 PM. Her party consisted of her (Shawn Carter) and 4 children. One of the children was 5-year-old Da’Quan...

On or about March 12, 2007, 34-year-old Gedson Madeira was swimming in the Bally’s Total Fitness facility in Revere, MA when he experienced an unrecognized fatal submersion. Although there were three (3) Bally’s employees on the premises at the time...

13-year-old Jasmine Warren experienced a non-fatal near-drowning incident while participating in a required physical education swim class during school in 2004. As a result of this incident, a personal injury lawsuit was filed. The case finally settled in May 2012. Author:...

On Thursday, April 10, 2008, Chukwueloka (Vincent) Agwuoke, had been participating in a physics class project being held in the Patterson Natatorium and swimming pool of the Westside High School. According to Vincent’s parents, Vincent was a non-swimmer. And, according...

This article is being included within the Case Studies section because Gerald Dworkin consulted and testified in this matter as an Aquatics Expert. Additional information may be posted later. Author: Rebecca Robledo / Aquatics International Date: May 16, 2013 The family of a...

This is a description of a fatal submersion incident that occurred on June 06, 2010 with two lifeguards on duty. Besides the lifeguards not being strategically positioned, they failed to recognize the incident. And, upon being notified of the incident,...

Author: Gerald M. Dworkin Date: April 11, 2014 On January 09, 2010 Gwinnett County Fire Department units are dispatched for a signal 47/persons fallen through ice at a community pond behind 2825 Daniel Park Run in Dacula. The initial dispatch included E27...

Date: May 14, 2014 DESCRIPTION OF THE INCIDENT On Thursday, April 10, 2008, Chukwueloka (Vincent) Agwuoke, had been participating in a physics class project being held in the Patterson Natatorium and swimming pool of the Westside High School. According to Vincent’s parents,...

On November 21, 2012, 2-year-old Daniel Forvil, Jr. (DJ) experienced an unintentional submersion in the swimming pool owned and operated by The Palms of Cortez apartment complex. As a result of this incident, DJ was pronounced deceased at 14:01 hrs....

Author: Gerald M. Dworkin Date: September 17, 2014 DESCRIPTION OF INCIDENT On July 19, 2012, the Bradley party of thirteen adults and children arrived at West Beach at approximately 1:30 PM and set up on the beach just to the west of the...