On August 15, 2005, Plaintiffs brought their four-year-old son, Yoni Gottesman, to Cathedral Oaks Athletic Club (“COAC”) to attend a Summer Activities Camp (“Camp”). After Plaintiffs left their son in Defendants’ care, Defendants allowed him to drown. Yoni drowned right in front of camp counselors and lifeguards.
Deadly Summer Camp Dangers – PDF
Parents file wrongful death suit – DA had declined to file charges after 4-year-old’s drowning – Santa Barbara News-Press – PDF
The attorneys for the family of a 4-year-old boy who drowned last year at a Goleta athletic club are
urging the state attorney general to launch a criminal investigation, saying earlier probes by the Santa
Barbara Sheriff’s Department and District Attorney’s Office, finding no criminal wrongdoing, were
The father of a 4-year-old boy who drowned three months ago while attending an unlicensed child
care program at the Cathedral Oaks Athletic Club is urging the Santa Barbara County district attorney
to investigate whether criminal negligence killed his son.
Two months after a 4-year-old boy drowned at Cathedral Oaks Athletic Club, officials from the state’s
Community Care Licensing Division determined that the private facility broke the law by operating
without a child care license and ordered it to shut down its kids’ Activity Camp.