Wrongful Death Suit Against Virginia YMCA Settled

The suit argued an on-duty lifeguard at the YMCA was at fault in the death of Richard Kenneth Duffy Jr.

A wrongful death lawsuit seeking $10 million in damages against the Jamerson Family YMCA has been settled.

The terms of the settlement were confidential, reports The News & Advance.

The suit was filed in Lynchburg Circuit Court in September 2013 on behalf of Remedios Duffy, the mother of Richard Kenneth Duffy Jr.

Richard Duffy died June 1, 2013, following injuries sustained May 29 in the YMCA’s pool. He became distressed while swimming laps and fell underneath the water for six minutes. Duffy was 39.

The suit argued an on-duty lifeguard was at fault in the incident.

“While the YMCA remains extremely proud of its lifeguards and their efforts to revive Mr. Duffy, it is pleased to bring this litigation to a close and is hopeful that its investigation into the cause of Mr. Duffy’s death provided a degree of closure for Mr. Duffy’s loved ones,” the YMCA said in a statement provided to The News & Advance

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