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Lack of rescue equipment cited in Illinois pool drowning

The Daily Herald recently reported on a tragic Illinois drowning case. The mother of a pool drowning victim who died in a swimming pool at the Illinois Pheasant Run Resort and Spa in 2007 has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the resort. The wrongful death lawsuit alleges that a lack of required safety and rescue equipment contributed to the drowning victim’s death. Nearly two years ago, the 21 year-old victim drowned while swimming in the resort’s indoor-outdoor pools. The Illinois wrongful death lawsuit was filed in Kane County Circuit Court.

According to the wrongful death lawsuit, the Illinois man was playing in the pool with his two teenage sisters, a teenage stepbrother, and a friend. As they were splashing and playing in the pool, the Illinois victim began to have problems swimming, called for help, then became submerged in an 11-foot-deep section in the outdoor portion of the pool. According to the Illinois lawsuit, he resurfaced, called again for help, and then sank face down to the bottom of the pool. There was no lifeguard on duty, no life hook, no ring buoy, and no telephone with emergency numbers nearby.

The lawsuit also alleges that a maintenance worker also attempted to help – looking unsuccessfully for a hook. An autopsy found no signs of trauma or drug/alcohol use. The Illinois lawsuit also alleges that the resort has been cited by the DuPage County Health Department the previous three years for not having ring buoys and life hooks and for five years for not having a flotation rope marking the beginning of the deep portion of the pool.

Click here to read more about the tragic Illinois drowning.