Parents sue amusement park where son, 8, drowned in pool

Mohamad and Fadma Boudriss say staffers at the Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg responded slowly last July when their son Yassin was discovered floating in the Crystal Pool's shallow end


Associated Press

SUNBURY, Pa. — The parents of an 8-year-old boy who drowned in a Pennsylvania amusement park's swimming pool have filed a wrongful-death lawsuit contending the lifeguards were incompetent.

Mohamad and Fadma Boudriss say staffers at the Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg responded slowly last July when their son Yassin was discovered floating in the Crystal Pool's shallow end.

They say someone performing CPR asked for an automated external defibrillator but none was provided. They say lifeguards were improperly trained or supervised and didn't watch people in the pool.

The Montour County coroner ruled Yassin's cause of death was drowning with autism contributing. He says the boy could've stood in the 3 feet of water where he was found.

Pennlive.com reports the lawsuit was filed in Northumberland County court and seeks unspecified damages exceeding $50,000.

Knoebels says it doesn't comment on pending litigation.

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