Massachusetts Campground sued for negligence, wrongful demise over 2017 drowning incident

The mother of a 4-year-old boy who drowned in a campground recently sued Resort Camp Lands International and Cape Cod Camping Club for negligence and death.

Resort Camp Lands International and the Cape Cod Camping Club were recently brought up with a lawsuit alleging “negligence, wrongful death, conscious pain and suffering, and wrongful death caused by willful, willful or reckless and / or gross negligence”. The lawsuit was brought by Maria Ribeiro, mother of a 40-year-old boy who drowned at Cape Cod Camp Resort and cottages in East Falmouth in 2017. She is seeking $ 7.5 million in damages and is represented by attorneys George Miller and Justin Miller. The lawsuit has been filed in the Plymouth Superior Court and is now pending trial.

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When discussing the defendants, the complaint states:

“You should have known that there was a potentially dangerous condition within the confines of the swimming pool that could cause injury or death to children.”

The fatal incident occurred on August 26, 2017. The child James Ribeiro-Almeida was at the campsite with his grandmother, also known as Maria Ribeiro. Shortly after Grandmother took James and his 8-year-old sister to the campsite pool, he was “found down in about four feet of water.” Rescue workers “were called to the scene at 12:59 pm and said that James was unresponsive in a pool.” While waiting for help, bystanders hurried to drag the child out of the pool and began administering CPR. Soon after, firefighters came and “took over the rescue effort and took him to Falmouth Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.” According to the complaint “There were no camp personnel to monitor the pool or supervise the children. At the time of the drowning, there were no lifeguards on duty and no security cameras were in operation in the pool area.”

In addition, the “campsite rules allowed children to use the pool without adult supervision, stating only that children should be supervised,” the lawsuit said. The complaint also alleges that “the pool rules were only displayed in English, although the defendants knew that many of their campers could not speak or read English”. The complaint further argues:

“There were no suitable on-site rescue and resuscitation equipment at the campsite, and as a result, the staff were unable to carry out life-saving measures for the boy. The campsite staff failed to perform CPR or take life-saving measures for the boy. I rely on Camper to try to save the deceased’s life. “

Since the incident, the campsite has implemented stricter pool rules. Anthony Newman, owner of Cape Cod Camp Resort and Cabins, also noted that at the time of the incident, “one adult was supervising approximately nine children. The adult was 69 years old and could not swim. “A year later, the campsite asked a responsible adult to“ supervise no more than five children at the pool ”. He added, “We had no idea that there was a person with nine or ten children there that day. If we had known, we would have gone exactly there.”


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