Four months after the tragic death of Naya Rivera, a wrongful death lawsuit has been filed.
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The paperwork was formally lodged today by the ‘Glee’ star’s ex Ryan Dorsey on behalf of their five-year-old son Josey. It was reportedly co-signed by Rivera’s estate and business manager.
The suit asserts that Ventura County failed to adequately warn swimmers of the dangers at Lake Piru – where Rivera accidentally drowned on July 8.
Her body was recovered on July 13 following a five day search.
The suit also names as defendants United Water Conservation District as well as Parks and Recreation Management (PMC).
An excerpt read:
“At the Lake Piru Recreation Area boating dock, Naya rented a pontoon boat from PMC – a boat that, it turned out, was not equipped with a safely accessible ladder, adequate rope, an anchor, a radio, or any security mechanisms to prevent swimmers from being separated from their boats,” the suit alleges. “Disturbingly, later inspection revealed that the boat was not even equipped with any flotation or lifesaving devices, in direct violation of California law…”
Elsewhere, the suit – which details other deaths under similar circumstances at Lake Piru – goes into harrowing detail about the final moments of the 33-year-old’s life:
“While Naya and Josey were swimming, the boat started to be carried away – likely by the current and wind, which gusted up to 21 miles per hour that afternoon. Josey, who was closer, managed to get back on the boat on his own volition and braced himself on the boat, which was rocking back and forth forcefully in the current and wind. Josey knew Naya was still in the water, and heard her cry, ‘Help! Help!’ in her struggle to get back to the boat and avoid drowning.
Josey searched in vain for rope to help his mother get back on the boat. Josey then looked back at the water for his mother, and saw that Naya had disappeared. Josey yelled for help and cried alone in the boat until he was found more than an hour later by a PMC boat leasing agent.”
Our thoughts and prayers remain with Rivera’s loved ones.