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Ironman Florida negligence death case set to go to Federal court

Posted May 20 2009 11:12am

IMFL A lawsuit filed against the World Triathlon Corporation, North America Sports and USA Triathlon is scheduled to be heard in Federal court on July 6 of this year. The lawsuit will go on trial in Federal court because the three defendants are in different states.

The lawsuit aims to prove negligence in the death of Barney Rice, a native of Kalispell, Mon., who died in a hospital in Florida on Nov. 7, 2006 three days after competing in Ironman Florida.

Rice was pulled from the Gulf of Mexico on the second lap of the 2.4 mile swim at the annual Ironman Florida race in Panama City on Nov. 4, 2006. The autopsy listed the cause of death as an accidental drowning, but the lawsuit seeks to question whether Rice actually drowned accidentally.

Rice' s estate is seeking damages in excess of $75,000.

According to the Panama City

"The lawsuit claims the triathlon was negligent in nine instances including:

— failing to properly supervise, guard, monitor, or secure the swim area and swimmers, including but not limited to the decedent;

— failing to properly organize the swim competition in a reasonably safe manner;

— failing to have proper procedures or rules governing response to emergency situations, including drownings;

— failing to provide enough supervision at the swim competition event."

You can read the complete court documents by clicking HERE.


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