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Ann Cai Died In Drowning Accident at Castlewood Country Club While Swimming at Pool in Pleasanton

Sep 19, 2018

Tragic Drowning Accident Killed Ann Cai As She Was Swimming In Pool at Pleasanton Based Castlewood Country Club


PLEASANTON, CALIFORNIA (September 19, 2018) – An 8-year-old girl has tragically died after drowning at the Castlewood Country Club swimming pool. She was found unresponsive by lifeguards inside of the pool, according to

The Alameda County coroner’s office has been able to identify the girl that died in the swimming accident in Pleasanton as Ann Cai. A lifeguard at the Castlewood Country Club found Ann Cai unresponsive and submerged in water at the pool.

The lifeguard pulled the young girl out of the water and began performing CPR until paramedics arrived. Ann Cai was taken to the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland where she was listed in critical condition.

Officials are saying that she was a guest at the Castlewood Country Club and that the drowning remains under investigation.

Drowning Accident Statistics and Prevention

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is listed as the fifth leading cause of unintentional death and injury in the United States. From the years 2005 – 2014 there were 3,536 (non-boating related) drownings. That’s roughly equivalent to about ten people dying every day. Victims that survive drowning accidents can be left with severe brain damage and other long-term injuries. Children continue to be far more at risk of drowning than adults. In fact, drowning ranks as the second leading unintentional cause of death for children aged 1 – 14. With the proper safety precautions in place, you can help lower the risk of a drowning accident significantly. Here are just a few safety tips that you should consider to help stay safe in the water:

  • Swimming skills Children as young as 4 can begin learning how to swim. Of course, lessons are not an adequate substitute for adult supervision. But children that know how to swim are far more likely to survive and be safe in the event of an accident.
  • Swimming Jackets Life vests and other flotation devices can and do save lives. These are especially helpful for inexperienced swimmers.
  • Supervision Always supervise children when they are in the water. Drownings happen quickly and quietly. A person’s ability to call for help is virtually eliminated when they start treading water. Avoid distractions like cellphones, books and conversations when children are swimming.
  • CPR Learning CPR is critical for adults that supervise children. It may take several minutes for paramedics to arrive. In that amount of time, CPR can help save a person’s life.

Parents and guardians are not the only people that should be taking steps to make sure that children are safe in pools. Companies and cities may have a responsibility to put in place measures to help prevent drownings. Depending on the facts of any particular case, property owners may face civil liability if their negligence contributed to a drowning accident.  

Premises Liability Claims In Drowning Accidents

Property owners have a duty of care to provide their guests with a reasonably safe environment. Steps should be taken to remove foreseeable sources of harm. This is especially important for businesses that have pools and monitor children. There are a number of measures that should be put in place at swimming pools to help reduce the likelihood of drownings:

  • Gate guards Gate guards regulate the flow of traffic into and out of a pool. Ideally, there should be a person manning the entrance of the pool to make sure that children do not enter without adult supervision.
  • Lifeguard positioning Lifeguards are crucial to help keep children safe at large pools. There should be a lifeguard stationed at the deep end of the pool as well as lifeguards stationed near the front and middle. When a lifeguard is only stationed at the shallow end of the pool, they will not easily be able to respond to emergencies on the opposite end.
  • Alert Lifeguards Lifeguards should be alert and scanning the water for signs of distress. Far too often lifeguards can be distracted by their phones or conversations with other guests.
  • CPR Lifeguards should be properly trained to perform CPR in the event of an emergency. Improper CPR can have fatal consequences. It’s important that lifeguards check for a pulse in between chest compressions.

When the proper safety protocols are not followed accidents often occur. It’s important that evidence is preserved after an incident. An experienced personal injury attorney can take steps to help victims preserve their rights. Any person that is injured in a drowning accident may have the ability to file a premises liability claim for damages.

Getting Help After a Drowning Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our heartfelt condolences to the family of Ann Cai. It is our sincere hope that there is a thorough investigation into this accident and that measures are put in place to make sure this doesn’t happen again. Anyone that may have knowledge about what happened should reach out to the Pleasanton Police Department as they continue their investigation. The family of the victim and the community deserves answers. What were the lifeguards at this country club doing when the victim was in distress? There needs to be accountability. 

If you or someone that you care about has been injured or died in a drowning accident you may have legal recourse. Our team of highly skilled and compassionate trial attorneys are here to help you in any way that we can. We’ve devoted our careers to helping families who have been injured due to the negligence of others. Our goal is to get justice for our clients and to make sure that wrongdoers are held accountable for their actions. Whether you just have questions about your rights or are looking to get a police report we care about you and we’re here for you (888) 888-9285.


  1. Autumn Johnson. Coroner IDs Girl Found Unresponsive In Castlewood Pool. September 12, 2018
  2. CDC Staff. Unintentional Drowning: Get the Facts. 2018
  3. DK Global Staff. SoCal 7-Year-Old Girl Drowns in Community Pool. 2016
  4. Nolo Staff. What is Premises Liability? 2018

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