Friday, November 20, 2009

Huntington Beach City Blamed for Junior Lifeguard’s Death

The government is required to protect the welfare of everyone it governs. It may be considered liable if a person dies due to the negligent act of another person.

A wrongful death claim was recently filed against Huntington Beach City relating to the death of an 11-year-old junior lifeguard after she was struck by a boat during a routine exercise in the ocean.

The claim asks for damages in excess of $10,000 for personal injuries, emotional distress and damages connected with the death of Alyssa Squirrell. The clam, which also names all of Alyssa’s family members, asserts that Huntington Beach lifeguard Lt. Greg Crow caused the girl’s death because he operated the boat negligently.

She was participating in a drill wherein junior lifeguards would jump off the back of a boat towards the ocean. Alyssa was in the water but has not joined her group when Crow turned around and hit her. The impact caused her to sustain deep cuts to her hip and leg.

Orange County prosecutors said that no criminal charges will be filed against Crow.

Crow should have been extra careful while operating the boat because he is aware of the ongoing training. On the other hand, this fatal accident may have been avoided if only the girl remained with the group.