The incident took place about 3:30 p.m. when Mendoza fell off the Stand Up Paddleboard and was lost in the murky waters. The young man did not know how to swim and was not equipped with a life vest. Firefighters spent roughly 25 minutes attempting to locate him, but eventually pulled him out of the water alive. He was in critical condition when he was taken to a local hospital and died of his injuries at 5:04 p.m.
The report does not indicate whether Mendoza rented his paddleboard equipment, nor why he did not have a life jacket.
Liability for Accidents
When a person has died due to the negligence of a business, government or other entity, the victim’s family may have legal recourse. An experienced personal injury attorney can go over all the relevant facts of a particular case to see if someone else is responsible. Companies that rent out sports equipment may be held liable under certain circumstances as well as a city or other government entity for conditions within their respective domains. Contact a local personal injury attorney at 800-235-6801 to discuss your potential claim.
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