Bayonne, NJ – Two Teen Brothers Drown at Lincoln Community School PoolNY/NJ Legal News
Bayonne, NJ (June 09, 2022) – Police and one family are looking for answers after two brothers drowned in a school swimming pool on Wednesday, June 8th.
The incident occurred at about 8:30 p.m. during community swim hours at the Lincoln Community School. Three lifeguards were on duty at the time.
The identities of the victims, 16 and 19-years-old, have not been released, but the 16-year-old was a junior at Bayonne High School and the 19-year-old was a recent graduate.
According to the three lifeguards as well as eyewitnesses, the two brothers were observed in distress in the deep end of the pool. As one of the lifeguards approached, he noticed that the two boys had not resurfaced and entered the pool along with the other lifeguards.
They were able to extract both brothers from the pool and attempted life-saving efforts while the authorities were notified.
First responders arrived quickly but were unable to revive either of the victims.
Both were transported to Bayonne Medical Center, where they were pronounced dead after further life-saving attempts proved unsuccessful.
The pool, which is situated inside the primary school, is normally open to the public at night but is closed while the investigation is ongoing.
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victims at this time.
Liability for Public Pool Drownings in New Jersey
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is just one of many federal agencies tasked with tracking drowning accidents in the United States. Their findings have highlighted some apparently common causes of many water-based deaths, including those resulting in fatalities, the most notable of which are:
- Lack of or inadequate swimming ability
- Lack of, inadequate, or improperly trained supervision
- Lack of or poorly maintained personal floatation devices
- Individual health issues
While death by drowning is certainly the direst ending a day at the pool can have, there are many other kinds of serious personal injuries that can happen. The ones most commonly seen in New Jersey include:
- Head trauma/Traumatic brain injuries
- Multiple bone breaks and fractures
- Electrical shock/Electrocutions
When taking into account the severe consequences of almost any pool-related incident, it is understandable that injured victims or their surviving relatives want both justice and compensation.
Based on the circumstances surrounding the incident, there are numerous legal actions one could take. Bringing a personal injury claim is the way injured parties usually try to recoup their losses. Bringing a wrongful death claim might also be a prudent response to a fatal drowning.
It may also be the case, as it sometimes is, that the negligence of more than one entity or person contributed to the drowning. The laws that govern drowning deaths in New Jersey are complicated, which is why those considering seeking compensation for one are urged to seek the advice of a personal injury attorney.
Our lawyers work tirelessly to make sure that victims and their surviving family members have their legal rights defended so they can move on after a serious or fatal accident. Contact our New Jersey premises liability attorneys at (800) 460-6476 to see how we can help you.
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Disclaimer: As a member of the local community, we at Metro Law strive to improve the overall safety and quality of life for everyone who lives in our beloved state. We are extremely saddened by these accidents but hope that through an awareness of these dangers, those in our community will take precautions to avoid these accidents. This is not a solicitation for business, and this information should not be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. We wish only the best and quickest recovery to all those involved in the accident. The photos depicted in this post are not from the actual accident scene.