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Teen’s rope swing death lawsuit moved to South Carolina

A lawsuit filed after the death of a teenager was moved from federal court in Florida to South Carolina.

Olivia Paige Grimes, 16, of Lakeland, Florida, died after falling from a rope swing last year at Young Life Camp in Pickens County. In July 2015, Grimes was on a pendulum swing with two others when she became unattached and fell about 120 feet.

The wrongful death lawsuit, first filed in December 2015 in Florida, sought damages in excess of $15,000.

In April 2015, Young Life added a triple-chair, high-altitude swing amusement ride called “Freebird” at Carolina Point, according to the lawsuit.

The employee failed to secure the carabiner between Grimes harness and the metal chest bar, the lawsuit alleged. Grimes was sitting between two other riders. She fell out of the swing during the first forward swing and plummeted to her death.

The civil action names Young Life, Inc. and Adventure Experiences, Inc. as defendants. The suit alleges Adventure Experiences designed Freebird.

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