A wrongful demise lawsuit has been filed over the drowning of Glee actor Naya Rivera, who died in July whilst boating together with her four-year-old son on a lake in California.
The go well with was once filed on Tuesday in opposition to Ventura County and executives of Lake Piru over her unintended demise on eight July on the lake north-west of Los Angeles. It was once filed on behalf of her son, Josey Hollis Dorsey, by way of Ryan Dorsey — Rivera’s ex-husband and the boy’s father and dad or mum — and likewise on behalf of her property.
Rivera, 33, had rented a pontoon boat at the lake. Her son was once discovered sound asleep and on my own at the drifting boat later that afternoon. Rivera’s frame was once discovered floating in a 30ft-deep house of the lake 5 days later. The Ventura County sheriff’s administrative center mentioned Rivera’s frame was once in all probability trapped in thick plants underwater for a number of days sooner than floating to the highest.
An post-mortem file mentioned Rivera was once a just right swimmer and indexed her demise as an twist of fate.
However the lawsuit alleges negligence was once concerned. It mentioned the pontoon boat lacked a safely obtainable ladder, radio, rope, anchor or different apparatus to stay swimmers from being separated from the boat. It additionally didn’t have a existence preserver or different flotation or lifesaving units, in step with the go well with.
The person who rented Rivera the boat has mentioned she declined a existence vest, however he put one aboard anyway.
The go well with additionally mentioned there weren’t any indicators within the house caution “of the lake’s sturdy currents, low visibility, top winds” and different risks even if no less than 26 other folks have drowned there for the reason that lake opened in 1959.
“Whilst Naya and Josey had been swimming, the boat began to be over excited – most likely by way of the present and wind, which gusted as much as 21mph (34km/h) that afternoon,” in step with the lawsuit.
Faulty stories had mentioned that Rivera boosted the boy again aboard the boat however he controlled to get aboard by way of himself, in step with the go well with.
The boy heard Rivera cry for assist as she struggled to get again to the boat sooner than she disappeared, the go well with mentioned.
Rivera would possibly not have recognized that her son had made it to the boat “however she unquestionably knew that she was once death and would now not make it again to her son”, the go well with mentioned.
A decision in quest of remark from Ventura County wasn’t in an instant returned on Wednesday evening. A county spokesperson declined to remark to Fox Information, pronouncing the county hadn’t been served with the lawsuit.