Tragedy has struck the family of a fourteen-year-old swimmer from Oregon after it was revealed she had died in a pool at the Hillsboro Shute Park Aquatic & Recreation Center.
Nabila Maazouz was found dead underneath the pool cover at the facility on November 20th, 2019.
The Maazouz family has now filed a lawsuit against the school district, the pool cover company, and the city itself, stating her death was wrongful.
Nabila, an Oregon Episcopal School student and member of the Liberty High School swim team, was at practice when the incident occured.
While still in the water, Nabila and her teammates began pulling the pool covers over at the end of their practice. Nabila never surfaced from the pool after the covers were put into place, and none of her teammates noticed her absence.
The team and coach shut off the lights and left the venue.
But Nabila’s mother was waiting to pick her up in the parking lot.
After waiting for twenty minutes, she became worried and went into the building to ask to look for her daughter.
After a search, Nabila’s body was discovered trapped beneath the pool cover in the deep end of the pool.
“Our hearts remain with the Maazouz family and everyone in our community who has been devastated by the tragic death of Nabila,” a city spokesperson told Too Fab. “The City of Hillsboro is committed to caring for the safety and well-being of all community members at all city facilities. Because this is pending litigation, we will not be issuing additional comments.”
“The thing that makes it so bad is that Nabila’s death was preventable,” Nabila’s mother responded. “We hope this lawsuit will make changes in the aquatic industry to prevent further tragedy from happening.”
“We continue living every parent’s worst nightmare. Those responsible need to be held accountable, and we don’t ever want another family to go through what we are going through.”
Rest in peace.