A teenage girl passed away July 15 after she suffered severe injuries in a fall from a rope swing at a youth camp in North Carolina. The 16-year-old girl, who was from Lakeland, Florida, was reportedly riding the camp’s large pendulum swing with it suddenly detached, causing her to fall more than 100 feet.
Carolina Point Young Life Camp released a statement indicating that camp officials did not yet know how the accident occurred, and that everyone at the camp was “full of sorrow” about the girl’s death. The ride basically works as a huge swing. Up to three campers at a time can hang from the ropes, which are attached to a gigantic door-frame-shaped structure. Local law enforcement officers were investigating the fall, and they were able to determine that two members of the camp staff were supervising the ride when the girl fell off of it.
An ongoing investigation
The swings at Carolina Point and all Young Life camps throughout the country are closed until it is determined exactly how the accident occurred. A Young Life spokesperson said that rides at the camps are always subject to very strict standards of maintenance, upkeep, operating procedures and safety training. However, an official from the North Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation said the swing had not been previously inspected, as it did not meet the qualifications of what would traditionally be considered an amusement ride. Inspectors will now conduct a thorough safety review of this and all other swing rides in the state.
When accidents occur at camps or other recreational facilities, the organization in charge could be considered liable for any resulting injuries if it was negligent in any way. If you need to explore your legal options after a serious injury to you or a loved one, consult a knowledgeable Bradenton attorney with Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh.