A wrongful death lawsuit has been drawn up against two men who failed to use proper safety measures while boating with passengers.
A teen’s mother is devastated after being told her 19-year-old daughter Emma Nahas drowned in Lake Erie while out boating for the day due to the negligence of the boat’s intoxicated drivers.
Nahas was asked by friends to go swimming in Lake Erie where they went tubing, dancing, jet skiing, and drinking on a yacht. 36-year-old Alex Cucu and 31-year-old John Slyman neither of whom Nahas knew coordinated the party. The men were in charge of driving the boat and supplying large amounts of alcohol to the six young women on the boat; five of which were under the legal drinking age.
After drinking all day, Nahas and Slyman decided to jump in the water for a final swim to cool off. However, the boat was not properly anchored and its engine was still on allowing it to float away. The two attempted to swim to keep up with the boat but soon grew tired. Eventually other passengers on the boat attempted to
jump in and help Slyman by throwing him a life jacket until the Coast Guard could reach him.
Nahas continued to swim until she grew tired and drowned. Authorities reported that no one on the boat attempted to save her as she drowned. The captain of the boat, Cucu, also made no attempt to look for the missing girl. The Coast Guard approached the boat and found everyone too intoxicated to drive and was forced to drive the boat back to shore.
Nahas had no previous boating experience before going on the water that day and her body was eventually washed up onshore in Euclid almost two weeks later.
Tracy Holmes Super, Nahas mother, has created a wrongful death lawsuit against the two older men who were supposed to keep the passengers safe when her daughter died. She
has filed for failure to have appropriate safety equipment on board, failure to properly secure the boat allowing it to drift away while passengers were in the water, neglect for safety of all passengers, and failure to keep proper lookout for passengers in the water for Slyman and Cucu. The U.S. Coast Guard also charged Cucu with operating a boat under the influence.
The teen’s mother is in hopes of compensation for her child’s wrongful death.
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Posted July 19th 2012 to Wrongful Death
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