Regardless of who you are or how much swimming experience or training you
have, the reality is that
drowning accidents can happen to anyone—even lifeguards. Local news outlets
have reported this week that 19-year-old lifeguard Dustin Kruthaupt, who
worked at the Rosewood Recreation Center, drowned at the facility’s
pool on Saturday, June 15, 2013. The recreation center is located in the
Katy, Texas area. According to an ABC News article, Kruthaupt had been
swimming laps and attempted to swim the full length of the pool without
coming to the water’s surface. The pool is 25 meters long, as specified in an
article in the Houston Chronicle.
The other lifeguards at the facility dragged Kruthaupt out of the pool
and started providing CPR after they saw him rise to the surface and begin
floating. After the Fulshear Fire Department arrived, CPR attempts were
continued before he was transported by Fort Bend County EMS personnel
to the hospital. Kruthaupt was pronounced dead at Memorial Hermann Katy
Hospital. Foul play is not believed to be a factor in the
pool drowning. An autopsy has been ordered for the purpose of identifying the specific
cause of the death.
Sadly, Kruthaupt has joined thousands of people across the nation who suffer
from fatal unintentional drowning accidents each year. There are many
different things that can cause a drowning accident. Sometimes it happens
due to mistakes made by the swimmer. In other scenarios, however, these
accidents are caused by the mistakes and negligence of other individuals
and entities. For example, if a pool or spa is not properly maintained
by the owner, employees and pool visitors can be placed at risk. Or, if
lifeguards are not given the appropriate level of training, they can end
up putting their lives and the lives of others in danger. Sometimes, companies
that build pools and their parts (such as drains) are the ones who are at fault.
If you or your loved one were the victim of a drowning accident or other
aquatic accident that was caused by someone else’s carelessness,
The Doan Law Firm, P.C. can help you take action through an injury claim
or a lawsuit. The firm’s
drowning accident lawyer serves individuals throughout the state of Texas and the entire nation.
Contact The Doan Law Firm, P.C. to learn more about your options for recovery.