A wrongful loss of life lawsuit has been filed over the drowning of Glee actor Naya Rivera, who died this summer season whereas boating together with her 4-year-old son on a California lake.
The go well with blames Ventura County and managers of Lake Piru for her unintended loss of life on July eight on the lake northwest of Los Angeles. It was filed on behalf of her son, Josey Hollis Dorsey, by Ryan Dorsey — Rivera’s ex-husband and the boy’s father and guardian — and likewise on behalf of her property.
Rivera, 33, had rented a pontoon boat on the lake. Her son was discovered sleeping and alone on the drifting boat later that afternoon.
Rivera’s physique was discovered floating in a 30-foot-deep space of the lake 5 days later. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Workplace mentioned Rivera’s physique was most probably trapped in thick vegetation underwater for a number of days earlier than floating to the highest.
An post-mortem report mentioned Rivera was swimmer and listed her loss of life as an accident.
However the lawsuit mentioned negligence was concerned. It mentioned the pontoon boat lacked a safely accessible ladder, radio, rope, anchor or different gear to maintain swimmers from being separated from the boat.
It additionally didn’t have a life preserver or different flotation or lifesaving units, based on the go well with.
The person who rented Rivera the boat has mentioned she declined a life vest, however he put one aboard anyway.
The go well with additionally mentioned there weren’t any indicators within the space warning “of the lake’s strong currents, low visibility, high winds” and different risks regardless that not less than 26 folks have drowned there for the reason that lake opened in 1959.
“While Naya and Josey were swimming, the boat started to be carried away — likely by the current and wind, which gusted up to 21 mph that afternoon,” based on the lawsuit.
Inaccurate studies had mentioned that Rivera boosted the boy again aboard the boat however he managed to get aboard by himself, based on the go well with.
The boy heard Rivera cry for assist as she struggled to get again to the boat earlier than she disappeared, the go well with mentioned.
Rivera might not have identified that her son had made it to the boat “but she surely knew that she was dying and would not make it back to her son”, the go well with contends.
A name searching for remark from Ventura County wasn’t instantly returned Wednesday night time. A county spokesperson declined to remark to Fox Information, saying the county hadn’t been served with the lawsuit.