Months after the tragic demise of actress Naya Rivera, a wrongful death lawsuit was filed by her ex-husband Ryan Dorsey, on behalf of her 4-year-old son, Josey. The suit names the Ventura County and managers of Lake Piru for her accidental death on July 8.
The lawsuit reportedly cited ‘negligence’ as one of the reasons for the actress’ drowning. It said the boat lacked a safely accessible ladder, radio, rope, anchor or other such equipment necessary to keep swimmers from being separated from the boat.
It also pointed out that the boat didn’t have flotation or other such lifesaving devices.
However, according to reports, the man who rented Rivera the boat, said that the actress declined a life vest for herself, but he put one aboard anyway.
The suit also mentions that there weren’t any warning signs in the area to alert people of “strong currents, low visibility, high winds” and other dangers even though 26 people have drowned in the lake since it opened in 1959.
While reports had said that Rivera saved her son and helped him get onto the boat before she drowned, the suit claims that the boy managed to get aboard by himself.
It went on to claim that Josey heard his mother cry for help as she ‘struggled to get back to the boat’ before she disappeared.
News of Rivera’s demise began doing the rounds after her son was found alone on a drifting boat.
Five days into the search, rescue and recovery operations, Rivera’s body was found floating in a 30-foot-deep area of the lake. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said that the actress’ body was most likely trapped in thick vegetation underwater for several days before floating to the top.
An autopsy report said Rivera was a good swimmer and listed her death as an accident.