COMO Parrot Cay had just reopened in October of 2020 when, on October 28th, two newlywed visitors drowned at the Turks and Caicos resort beach.
Mohammad Malik, an attorney from New York, and Dr. Noor Shan, a medical resident at NYU, both drowned after being pulled under the surface by a powerful riptide. Witnesses were able to rescue the victims from the water and administer CPR, though they were not successful in resuscitating them. It is unclear whether the beach where Malik and Shan drowned had lifeguards. However, one of the victim's father commented on a lack of warning signs in the area - warning signs which could have alerted the Long Island newlyweds to the risk.
Less than a week before the drowning, family members had come together in East Meadows to celebrate the young couple's marriage.
Authorities in Turks & Caicos conducted an investigation into the incident but had not made public any findings as to the exact sequence of events. A spokesperson for COMO Parrot Cay offered a statement in which they expressed deep sadness over the tragedy and their complete disposition to work with local authorities throughout the investigation.
When vacationers visit resorts far away from home, they do so with the hopes of relaxing and "decompressing" from the stresses of daily life. What they never expect is for their lives to be in danger while they enjoy the amenities of the resort they chose to stay at.
Businesses such as hotels and resorts owe their guests the duty to keep them safe. Towards this goal, hotel owners and managers should do everything in their power to directly protect visitors or at least warn them of the risks they are taking on when they enjoy any of the hotel's amenities. If a resort is found to be negligent in this duty, they may be held responsible by victims of their carelessness if they take legal action.
Through a negligence lawsuit against a resort or hotel, victims can seek remuneration for damages including medical bills, loss of income, and more. If the negligence leads to death, a wrongful death lawsuit may be filed and surviving family members may be the ones to claim the damages.
Drowning lawsuits can be some of the most difficult to win as there may be one or more parties who can be deemed responsible for damages. An experienced hotel pool drowning attorney can help victims by analyzing their case and determining who exactly was responsible. Afterward, they can collect all relevant evidence and help to build a solid case on behalf of the victims and their loved ones.
If you or a family member suffered a drowning at a hotel, contact our team today to learn more about your legal options through a free consultation. You deserve to know your rights, as well as all the possible courses of action offered by the civil justice system, before making such a critical decision.