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Sea Fun Villa denies wrongful death, negligence allegations

THE bed-and-breakfast establishment sued in Superior Court over the death of a popular cosplayer from China denies any wrongdoing in connection with the drowning incident.

Island Travel Investments LLC, doing business as Sun Fun Villa, and its agents were sued by the parents of Dan Liu, 25, popularly known as Liu Yoling or Jovie, after she drowned in the establishment’s swimming pool on Sept. 25, 2017.

Dan Liu

The plaintiffs, who are represented by attorney David G. Banes, are demanding a jury trial.

The defendants were sued for wrongful death and negligence, and are represented by attorney Tiberius Mocanu. They have denied all the allegations in the complaint.

Mocanu said Dan Liu was aware of the conditions of the pool and surrounding area and assumed the risk.

He also mentioned “the comparative fault of third parties who accompanied Ms. Liu,” saying they “contributed to her drowning death.” The incident was an “act of God,” Mocanu said.

According to the lawsuit, on Sept 25, 2017, Dan Liu and three companions stayed at the Sea Fun Villa and decided to use its swimming pool.

When it started to rain, the wind became stronger, and the water in the pool started moving and circulating, much like a current, the lawsuit added.

The strong movement of the water pushed Dan Liu away from the edge of the pool into deeper water while her companions were still holding on at the edge of the pool, the lawsuit stated.

It added that Liu struggled in the deeper part of the pool, but her companions could not help her as none of them could swim.

Using a long pole, a Sun Fun Villa caretaker and a male guest pulled Liu out of the pool. She was brought to the hospital where she died the next day due to injuries sustained in the drowning incident.