Family of second boy killed after lightning struck rowing practice files lawsuit

ORLANDO, Fla. — The family of the second boy killed after lightning struck rowing practice on Lake Fairview last September has filed a lawsuit against the rowing club.


Gavin Christman’s family said the middle school boys’ boats were sent out onto the lake during expected bad weather while others stayed inside.

The coach remained on shore and the boys could not hear his instructions, documents state. The boys made their own decision to turn around.

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The lawsuit also states that the boys hadn’t been taught what to do when a boat flips over, and none of the adults on hand were CPR-certified.

The family is asking for at least $100,000 in damages for Christman’s death.

The family of the other boy killed, Langston Rodriguez-Sane, filed their lawsuit in December.

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Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.