The family of a 23-year-old Baltimore County woman who drowned in a swimming pool in 2005 has filed a lawsuit against the apartment complex and pool management company. It is contended that unqualified lifeguards with just one week’s training were on duty. Cassandra Blake drowned in the pool in Windsor Mill. The family is suing that complex along with American Pool Management Inc., American Pool Enterprises Inc., Westminster Management and Doug Kusher Co. Blake was not a resident of the apartment complex, but had a friend who lived there.

The suit was filed in Baltimore Circuit Court. Ms. Blake took her sister, her son and other children to the pool, where she approached a security guard and lifeguard on duty and asked whether they could use the pool. Both the security guard and lifeguard agreed. Blake, who could not swim, started out in the shallow end but got out of the pool in the deeper part at some point. Shortly thereafter, she was pushed or she fell into the deep end, then went under and drowned.

According to the suit, the lifeguard was not qualified to watch the pool and was not able to see all areas of the water from his stand. The children told the lifeguard that Ms. Blake was underwater, but the lifeguard couldn’t initially find her because the water was too cloudy. He was forced to put on goggles, according to the complaint. After re-entering the pool, the lifeguard pulled Ms. Blake from the water, but could not resuscitate her. It’s alleged that the defendants kept the pool in murky and unsafe conditions and that the complex failed to provide two or more lifeguards during busy hours. American Pool hired Jamaicans to come to Baltimore for a one-week lifeguard training program. It’s contended that some of the men were issued licenses even though they didn’t pass any tests.

Source: Sun Reporter

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