According to reports, the Rivera hired boat was not fitted with floating or life-saving equipment or other equipment designed to prevent ladders, ropes, anchors or swimmers from being separated from their boats. There are no warning signs of dangerous conditions such as strong currents, low visibility and high winds.
“While Naya and Joshi were swimming, the boat began to take off – with current and wind, it went at a speed of 21 mph in the afternoon,” lawyer Amjad Khan wrote in the complaint. “Josie, who was close, was able to get back on the boat of her own free will. She attached herself to the boat that was swaying back and forth strongly in the current and wind. Josiah knew Naya was still in the water and asked her to cry, ‘Help! Help!’ In her struggle to avoid sinking back into the boat, Josie searches in vain for the rope to help her mother get back on the boat. Josie then looks back at the water for her mother. Cried alone on the boat. “
The lawsuit alleges that the defendants tried to “defame Naya in the media and divert him from his own negligence.” It also notes that the lake has a “deadly history” – two dozen people drowned in it over the years – but no one has warned of the dangers of renting a Riviera boat.
In addition to the misdemeanor death, the lawsuit on behalf of Rivera’s son included claims for survival and negligent infliction of emotional grief.
This article was originally published The Hollywood Reporter.