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New Freedom, PA - 12-Year-Old Drowned During Westminster Presbyterian Church Camping Trip at Summit Grove Campground

New Freedom, PA - 12 Year Old Drowned During Westminster Presbyterian Church Camping Trip at Summit Grove Campground
Published: July 1, 2022
By: Darla Medina
Last Updated on July 1, 2022

Child Drowns in Summer Camp Pool

The New York Post has reported that a child drowned during a camping trip to the Summit Grove Campground located off Circle Drive in New Freedom, PA 17349. 

Camp officials reported that the 12-year-old was among many middle schoolers from the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Lancaster County. The victim was swimming with other campers at the pool on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, at around 3:30 p.m. However, it was not until after the pool was cleared at 6 p.m. and the group headed to the next activity that they realized the boy was missing. The victim's body was found dead on Thursday, June 30, 2022. Camp officials said the pool was locked and are unsure how he gained entry. 

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Who Is Liable For a Swimming Pool Drowning?

Attorney Guy D'Andrea has experience representing families who have lost loved ones in a tragic swimming pool drowning. As an experienced drowning accident attorney, Anjali recently explained when families could file a lawsuit if a loved one drowns in a pool.

"Resorts and campgrounds are legally responsible for providing safety to all visitors and guests. This duty especially refers to the pool areas. Drownings can happen to victims of all ages. However, it is one of the leading causes of death for children aged one to 14. Pools and the surrounding areas should be maintained to ensure they are safe for those using them, in addition to those visiting them. People can drown for a variety of reasons, not just due to the lack of knowing how to swim. Pool owners should have basic safeguards in order to reduce the risk of swimming pool drownings. These safety measures may include a locking gate surrounding the pool, trained lifeguards during pool hours, and having surveillance cameras to detect people entering the area even when it is closed."

"Resort and campground swimming pool accidents that lead to the victim's death should be investigated. If neglect was found to be a contributing factor, victims' families may have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit. The surviving family members can learn more about their legal options by speaking with an experienced drowning accident attorney. The attorney will help the family members to identify all parties that could be held accountable for the swimming pool drowning. A civil lawsuit could help the family recover compensation."


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