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Spokane, Gonzaga sued over student kayaking death

Published On: Feb 05 2013 10:25:45 AM CST
Updated On: Feb 05 2013 06:05:32 PM CST
Chris Gormley Gonzaga student
SPOKANE, Wash. -

The mother of a Gonzaga student who died on a kayaking trip sponsored by the city of Spokane is suing the university and the city.

The lawsuit was filed Monday by Susan Gormley, the mother of Christopher Gormley, 18, of Everett, who died April 1 of hypothermia after his kayak flipped on Rock Lake.

The Spokesman-Review reports he was one of seven people on the trip organized by Gonzaga Outdoors, which contracted with the city parks department.

The lawsuit says a parks manual doesn't allow kayaking trips when winds exceed the 13 to 18 mph range. The day of the trip the National Weather Service issued an advisory for winds of 25 to 30 mph with gusts to 50 mph.

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