A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed over the drowning of Glee actress Naya Rivera, who died during a boating trip with her young son in July.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of her son by Rivera’s ex-husband and the boy’s father, Ryan Dorsey over the accident on a California lake.
It blames the local authority and the managers of Lake Piru, north-west of Los Angeles, where the accident happened.
It alleges swimmers were not adequately warned of the risks of swimming there. It also alleges that the boat rented by Rivera was “not equipped with a safely accessible ladder, adequate rope, an anchor, a radio, or any security mechanisms to prevent swimmers from being separated from their boats”.
It also alleges there were no warning signs at the lake alerting swimmers to potentially dangerous conditions such as strong currents, low visibility and changing water depths.
It finally claimed that the boat did not have any flotation devices.
Rivera, 33, vanished from Lake Piru in Ventura County on 8th July after going boating with her four-year-old son at Lake Piru. He was found alone and asleep in the boat.
Her son told police they had gone swimming but the actress never returned. After a massive search and rescue operation found no trace of Rivera, police moved to a “search and recovery operation”.
They said she is believed to have drowned in a “tragic accident”.
The county police said they were “putting every available asset and resource” into the search.
That included using side-scanning sonar, divers, sniffer dogs, helicopters and remote-operated submarine vehicles equipped with cameras.
He added that Rivera’s son had seen his mother “disappear beneath the water”.
Who was Naya Rivera:
Rivera began her career as a child actress and model, appearing in TV commercials in the US. As a four-year-old she starred in the Royal Family sitcom, and had a number of other TV appearances. But it was playing cold-hearted Santana Lopez in Glee that made her a star in America.
In 2014, Rivera starred in the horror film At the Devil’s Door. The same year she married fellow actor Ryan Dorsey – who is the father of her son. The couple divorced in 2018 and have joint custody of the boy.