According to the complaint, the boat rented by Rivera was not equipped with floating or rescue equipment, nor a ladder, rope, anchor or other equipment designed to deter swimmers from their boat. Also, there were no signs in the area warning of dangerous conditions such as strong currents, low visibility and strong winds.
“While Naia and Hosseini were swimming, the boat began to drift – most likely due to the current and wind, which dropped to 21 miles per hour that afternoon,” lawyer Amjad Khan wrote in the complaint. “Jose, who was closer, managed to get back on the boat of his own free will and support himself on the boat, which was swaying vigorously back to the current and the wind. Jose knew that Naia was still in the water and he heard her scream, “Help! Help!” Help! “In her struggle to get back on the boat and avoid drowning. Josey searched in vain for a rope to help his mother return to the boat. Josey then looked back at the water for his mother and saw that “Naya was missing. Josey cried for help and cried alone on the boat until he was found more than an hour later by a PMC boat rental agent.”
The lawsuit also alleges that the defendants tried to “defame Naia in the media and distract them from their negligence.” years – but no one warned Rivera of the potential dangers while renting the boat.
In addition to the unlawful death, the lawsuit on behalf of Rivera’s son also includes survival claims and negligence of emotional distress.
This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.