A 9-year-old girl drowned and her family is alleging a tubing company is at fault. The family rented tubing equipment from a company that failed to warn the family of the Bunford Dam’s pending release or what to do in the case of an emergency.
It is reported that the company could face criminal charges in the girl’s wrongful death. The tubing company should have reviewed the dangers, as required by federal law that governs the recreation area.
Within minutes of entering the river, the young girl was carried downstream by the river’s currents. She was still wearing her life jacket when she pulled down the water. The group floating down the river was unaware of the water release that was to occur that afternoon.
The company was forced to close both of their rental locations. The federal report has been sent to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for review and to decide if criminal charges are warranted.
Unintentional deaths by drowning are much more common when people are swimming. In 2007, there were 3,443 people who drowned in non-boating accidents compared to 496 people who drowned in boating accidents. Usually, children 14 and younger most commonly drown with a ratio of about one in five people. Accidental drowning is the second-leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 14. Children are not the only ones who should be taken into account. Adults should also take precaution when getting into the water. In 2009, there were 4,720 boating accidents and 3,358 boaters were injured and 736 boaters died. Although adults, especially males, have better swimming skills, it is still crucial to wear a life jacket while out on open water.