The family of Paulino Delle Grazie, a 4-year-old boy who drowned last summer at the St. Charles Country Club in St. Charles, Ill., is suing the facility.
In a lawsuit filed Dec. 31 in the Kane County circuit court, the family claims the club didn't have enough lifeguards on duty, lacked required first-aid equipment and didn't train or supervise lifeguards properly, according to the Daily Herald.
According to the documents, the boy was using a slide in the pool's deep end June 14, 2014, when another child found him at the bottom of the pool.
In addition to claiming only one lifeguard was on duty, and stationed at the shallow end of the pool, the club allegedly violated three state laws, including not having an automated external defibrillator available for resuscitation, not having a lifeguard within 50 feet of the drop slide area, and not maintaining the swimming facility adequately, according to the news agency.
The suit also claims the club did not properly train, supervise or audit the performance of its lifeguards and failed to have an emergency action plan. An investigation by the state health department indicated there were three lifeguards on duty at the time, and that they were not allowed to fully use their training. Read More