ABC 13 reported a drowning at the Rodeway Inn located at 6107 Broadway St, Galveston, TX 77551.
Police responded to the call at around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2022. They arrived to find a witness attempting CPR on the two victims, a mother and a 3-year-old girl. The witness said she was alerted to the two in the pool by a man and a boy at the pool yelling for help. She first attempted to revive the young girl before realizing the mother was still in the pool.
Despite resuscitative efforts by EMS, the two were pronounced dead at the hospital. Law enforcement is still investigating to determine what led up to the drownings. The two were described in plain clothes rather than swimsuits. The hotel stated that they did not have surveillance cameras directed at the pool area.
Attorney Marc Lenahan has experience representing families of wrongful deaths as an experienced drowning accident lawyer. Marc recently explained when families could sue a hotel if a loved one drowns in their pool.
"Hotel owners are legally responsible for the safety of all visitors and guests. They especially have a duty to ensure their pool areas are safe for those using it as well as those passing by. Unfortunately, people can drown for a variety of reasons. Hotels should have reasonable safeguards in place to reduce the risk of swimming pool drownings. These may include gating around the pool, employing lifeguards during pool hours, and having working surveillance cameras to detect people entering the area when it is closed."
"Hotel swimming pool drownings that result in a victim's death can lead to a wrongful death lawsuit. The surviving family members should seek the counsel of an experienced drowning accident attorney to discuss their best legal options available. The attorney will need to show that the victim died as a result of the hotel's negligence to file a claim. A civil lawsuit against a negligent hotel could help the family get compensation for their pain and suffering, medical expenditures, and lost wages."