Iowa Supreme Court to Hear Case on Pella Pool Drownings

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CRESTON, Iowa — Nearly five years after two teens drowned at a pool in Pella, the Iowa Supreme Court will hear the case.

The city of Pella is being sued for negligence. In July of 2010, a 15-year old Nehmson Sanon and 14-year old Gael Chrispin from Kansas City drowned at the city aquatic center. The two had been attending a camp put on by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

The boys’ family said the deaths could have been prevented.

Pella leaders admitted the underwater lights at the pool hadn’t worked in six years due to faulty wiring.

A district court dismissed some of the charges but kept five of them. Both sides in the case appealed.

Oral arguments will be held Monday night at 7:00 at the Creston High School auditorium.


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