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Connecticut YMCA defends actions stemming from near-drowning

July 26, 2018

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — The interim CEO of a Connecticut YMCA being sued over a near-drowning says the organization and its personnel acted appropriately before, during and after the “tragic event.”

In a statement Thursday, Terri Wellman says the Stamford Family YMCA sympathizes with the family of the Chinese graduate student who remains in a coma since being pulled from the organization’s pool last October. But she predicts the court will ultimately determine the staff acted properly, “based on the facts of this accident.”

The family of 22-year-old Zhaojie (JSHOW’-jshee) Yiang (YANG) filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday. It claims the two lifeguards on duty when Yiang slipped under the water were not properly trained by the YMCA. The lawsuit also accuses the organization of not ensuring the lifeguards had unobstructed views of the pool.

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