Teen girl, 14, drowned under pool cover after nobody realised she was missing

A 14-year-old girl was trapped under a pool cover and drowned after a swimming training session when her teammates and coach didn't notice she was missing.

Now, two years on, the family of Nabila Maazouz is filing a wrongful death lawsuit for $70 million (£51.4 million).

Her distraught mum Patty and dad Mostafa filed the suit last Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court, Oregon.

The tragedy occurred at Shute Park Aquatic and Recreation Center in the city of Hillsboro on November 20, 2019.

Nabila was trapped after her teammates put the pool's second cover on at the end of their training session. Meanwhile, her oblivious mum waited outside to pick her up.

The lawsuit states that Nabila and her teammates had placed the first cover on the pool and swam back under it to get the second.

Having placed the second, they all swam back under it again but Nabila didn't emerge at the shallow end.

She was found dead 25 minutes after the training had ended after her mum raised the alarm, concerned that she hadn't emerged from the building.

After a panicked search she was found, drowned, at the deep end under the covers.

Patty told KOIN 6: "The thing that makes it so bad is that Nabila’s death was preventable.

"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."

After her body was found the coaches and staff attempted in vain to resuscitate the teen.

Police were called at 9.26pm and Nabila was pronounced dead at the scene.

The filing names the city of Hillsboro, the Hillsboro School District, and Universal Filtration Inc (who make the pool covers) and The Pool and Spa House (a swimming goods retailer) as the defendants, claiming that their collective negligence was responsible for Nabila's death.

It also says that the covers were "defective and unreasonably dangerous", and that they violated industry safety standards.

Patty continued: "Those responsible, need to be held accountable.

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"The thing that makes it so bad was that Nabila's death was preventable."

The filing also lambasts the city and the school district for "allowing swim team members to swim beneath the pool covers" and "failing to supervise the swim team while they covered the pool so as to ensure that it was done safely."

The district specifically comes under fire for using the cover, not having lifeguards on duty, failing to train employees in how to use the cover and failing to notice Nabila had disappeared.

The Daily Star has approached the Hillsboro School District, Universal Filtration Inc and The Pool and Spa House for comment.

Patrick Preston, a spokesperson for the city of Hillsboro, has said that is is "committed to caring for the safety and well-being of all community members at all city facilities."

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