A Lengthy Islander who died throughout a floating yoga lesson drowned as a result of she tried to assist a struggling classmate, in accordance with new court docket papers.
Lisa Margaritis, 49, was headed underneath a railroad bridge on Hashamomuck Pond with two others throughout the August 2019 class, through which folks carry out yoga on stand-up paddle boards within the water, when a classmate bumped into hassle within the pond’s flood tide.
That’s when Margaritis untethered herself from her personal board, and swam over to the struggling lady, who was utilizing a rented paddle board from a Southold, NY, firm referred to as Peconic Jet Ski.
Margaritis’ husband, Peter, had sued Peconic Jet Ski, Goldsmith’s Boat Store, The Giving Studio, which supplied the stand-up paddle board yoga class, and teacher Lauren Mayo, accusing them of negligence in his spouse’s loss of life.
Margaritis allegedly had the girl lay down on the paddle board, tethered herself to the board and tried to information them each underneath the railroad bridge, however Peconic Jet Ski now prices these selections left the board “overloaded” and led to the deadly accident. The classmate survived.
Peconic Jet Ski insists within the authorized submitting it’s not at fault for Margaritis’ loss of life.
“She was very liked, she made a huge effect on a number of folks,” stated Anthony Garcia, proprietor of Garcia Muay Thai Fitness center in Glen Cove, the place Margaritis skilled and labored.
“She made a huge effect on a number of folks along with her personal motivational story, shedding a ton of weight. She was capable of encourage others to shed some pounds. She liked all people who got here within the door,” stated Garcia.