Parents To File Suit In Regatta Boating Death James Noel-Pou and Monica Burguera were killed Details of lawsuit released at 2pm news conference
"These boaters paid Club Nautico extra for a skipper and they got a 16-year old? To send these people out with a teenager and call him a captain is negligent," attorney Stuart Grossman told our news partners at The Miami Herald
The speed of the filing of this lawsuit is no big surprise. It is also the right thing to do.
Mistakes were clearly made by multiple parties and the Court will be helpful in sorting this out. The suit will give the litigants, and the Court, the ability to take control of and inspect the subject boats for defects and physical damage, that may have contributed to the accident. The evidence will be preserved for expert analysis. Finding the truth in this will be challenging for those involved.
Although the case will largely be about money damages there are larger policy and social questions that need to be addressed. This type of suit often does drive legislation or regulatory changes that make boating safer.
Hopefully, this Columbus Day Regatta will become safer so that no more parents lose their children to preventable acts of negligence.