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Family seeks damages after Seaside drowning

A $3.6 million lawsuit
By R.J. Marx

The Daily Astorian

Published on September 6, 2018 5:14PM

A lawsuit has been filed over a drowning in Seaside in 2016.

Josh Gilmore

A lawsuit has been filed over a drowning in Seaside in 2016.

SEASIDE — The family of an Oklahoma teenager who drowned in Seaside in 2016 has filed a $3.6 million lawsuit against the city, claiming they were not warned about dangerous ocean conditions.

Conner Miguel Wu Moore, 14, of Tulsa, and his cousin were in the ocean at the foot of Broadway in July 2016 when lifeguards saw the teenagers struggling. After a rescue attempt, Moore was pronounced dead at Providence Seaside Hospital. His cousin survived.

The lawsuit, filed in July by L. Nicole Moore, Moore’s mother, alleges the teens were swimming in waters next to an area that is “particularly dangerous and this extremely hazardous condition was not obvious to an ordinary person.” The suit said Moore was recovered in an area known to have a “precipitous drop-off.”

Seaside did not post appropriate warning signs and lifeguards did not alert the family to the potential danger, the suit alleges.

The lawsuit seeks $3 million in damages for Moore’s death. The family is also asking for a $691,200 penalty against the city for releasing Moore’s name, age and medical information to the news media. The suit claims the disclosure was a violation of federal and state medical privacy laws.

Reached in Tulsa on Thursday, L. Nicole Moore said she had no additional comment.

Richard Freud, an attorney with Citycounty Insurance Services, which is defending Seaside, declined to comment on the lawsuit or the underlying facts of the situation.

At the time of the drowning, the city said the teenagers were visiting the North Coast for a family reunion.


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