Who’s at Fault in the Goldsboro Drowning?
Over the past two years three people have drowned at Busco Beach in Goldsboro. Busco Beach offers a manmade beach open at all hours every day of the year, campgrounds and ATV tracks.
The most recent drowning at Busco Beach is still under investigation. Although the park does require anyone aged 16 and older to sign a waiver, and clearly has signs stating that swimmers must ‘swim at their own risk’, the boy who drowned was only 14. The boy, Jaimel Cooper, wasn’t the only swimmer having difficulty in the water. Two other struggling swimmers made it to shore, and witnesses are coming forward saying that Cooper appeared to be “sinking” in the waist-deep water, leading to speculations that there may be areas of quicksand. A local fire chief remembers a drowning death from years before where the man was found stuck in the sand and it appeared he had tried to push himself up and got his hands stuck too, according to local news reports.
Even though the park makes it clear there is no lifeguard on duty, who is responsible for Cooper? Cooper’s family wasn’t at the beach at the time of the accident. Other witnesses are explaining that a search for Cooper was not only happening in the water, but on land too, because no one was certain if he was in the water or not.
Negligence is dependent on several factors. If there is a hazardous area of quicksand like some witnesses are suggesting, and if the park knew about it, there should have been adequate signage and fencing in place to keep park visitors in safe areas. However, since Cooper was a minor and the swimming area is an ‘at risk’ part of the park, Cooper’s family may be negligent for not keeping an eye on him. The park’s history in regards to swimmer safety is not clear. Two other adult men have drowned at the park over the past two years in separate incidents (five drowning deaths total in 12 years), which could help Cooper’s parents should they pursue an accident injury lawsuit.
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