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Settlement reportedly reached in lifeguard’s death in Orleans

Posted by | January 10, 2017 | Lifeguards

Although selectmen haven’t received confirmation, the attorney for the family of the young lifeguard who died during try-outs has said a settlement has been reached with the town’s insurance carrier.”If a settlement has been reached, personally I’m delighted I would like both the parents and the town to put this matter behind them as much as they can,” said Selectmen Chairman Sims McGrath. “(But) we have no official word from the town’s insurance company.”Jakubek, 22, a star collegiate swimmer from Newburgh, New York, died on May 28 during the annual town-sponsored lifeguard try outs at Pilgrim Lake.James Grumbach, an attorney representing Jakubek’s family, sent a letter to the town on July 22 asking for $100,000 and stating the death was “unnecessary” and the town was negligent in seven different areas. He wrote the family’s loss is far in excess of the statutory cap of $100,000.Among other lapses on the part of town staff , including the lack of a buddy system, the letter said the test consisted of a run, a swim, followed by another run, and Jakubek drowned during the swim.


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