Case: John Doe v. XYZ International Hotel/Resort
Synopsis: A 12-year-old boy became trapped underwater by a large pool pump inlet at the bottom of an international resort's lagoon-style pool. The drain cover that would have prevented the drowning was not present which pointed to negligence on behalf of the hotel management.
Result: A $7.5 million drowning accident compensation agreement was reached between both parties.
Twelve-year-old John Doe was vacationing at a Caribbean resort with his family in the 2000s.
At one point, while swimming in the hotel's lagoon-like pool, John was suctioned "head-first" into a large intake pipe at the bottom of the pool. The powerful force of the pool pumps held the young boy underwater and led to his tragic drowning.
A safety grid or some other type of drain cover was missing or improperly attached to the pump inlet. Such a barrier would have prevented John's death, or at least significantly reduced the possibility of any individual becoming trapped because of it. However, no such barrier was present.
As a result, the unnamed hotel operator was found to have acted negligently in their duty to ensure the safety of pool-goers. Period checks of hazards such as pump drains and other large inlets should be periodically checked to ensure they are safe; regrettably, the hotel did not perform this function, if only for a brief period of time, and it resulted in the loss of the life of one of their patrons.