Last summer 15-year-old Caleb Jordan Justice of Vancouver, WA, accidentally
drowned when attending Experience the Valley Summer Camp, a weeklong church
camp. Justice and his fellow campers were on a walk by White River Falls
near Maupin, OR, when Justice slipped on some rocks, fell into the water,
A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed by our own John Coletti on behalf
of Justice’s estate. The lawsuit is asking for $13 million and names
the camp’s organizers, including River Rock Church of Camas, WA,
and a number of other churches, among them Bethel Community Church of
Washougal, WA, Trinity Fellowship of Portland, and Laurelwood Baptist
Church of Vancouver, WA. The suit notes that the organizers did not require
Justice to wear a life jacket and put him at risk by letting him walk
in an dangerous area.
Camp counselor Brett McLean also drowned and may have been attempting to
help Justice. Both of their bodies were recovered in the water below the
falls the day after their fall.
For more on this story, see
this article from the Oregonian.