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Tue., Feb. 5, 2013, 10:22 a.m.

Lawsuit filed in 2012 student kayaking death on Rock Lake

Rock Lake, seven miles long, is a popular year-round fishing destination in Whitman County, Wash.
Rock Lake, seven miles long, is a popular year-round fishing destination in Whitman County, Wash.

WATER SPORTS -- A city parks instructor manual appears to ban city-sponsored kayak trips in the kind of weather that led to a chaotic and deadly excursion organized by Gonzaga University and sponsored by the Spokane Parks and Recreation Department, according to a lawsuit filed Monday. 

Christopher Gormley, 18, died from hypothermia after his kayak tipped in the frigid waters of Rock Lake on a notably windy day during the spring break trip on April 1, 2012.




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