Connecticut YMCA sued by family of student in near drowning

July 26, 2018 GMT

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — The family of a former University of Connecticut graduate student who remains in a coma 10 months after nearly drowning in a YMCA pool has filed a $35 million lawsuit against the organization.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges the Stamford YMCA failed to properly train its lifeguards and failed to make sure they were not distracted while they were supposed to be monitoring patrons in the pool.

The suit says 22-year-old Zhaojie Yiang, a graduate student at UConn’s Stamford campus, went to the pool with a friend on Oct. 13. Yiang slipped under the water and went unnoticed for at least three minutes by two lifeguards on duty. The family’s lawyer says the lifeguards were out of their designated positions.

The Stamford YMCA did not return a request for comment.