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Lawsuit filed addressing "deadly conditions at The Offsets" in Madison Co. MO

Lawsuit filed addressing "deadly conditions at The Offsets" in Madison Co. MO
Updated: Jul. 30, 2018 at 3:37 PM CDT
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JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KFVS) - Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley has announced that his office has filed a lawsuit seeking "The Offsets" in Madison County to remedy what he calls deadly conditions at the former quarry.

The Offsets is located in the Mine La Motte area near Fredericktown, Missouri.

"The Offsets poses a serious danger to the public, as evidenced by the repeated tragedies that have occurred at this commercial location," Hawley said. "As Attorney General, it is my duty to protect Missouri consumers—and this lawsuit is necessary to prevent future injuries and deaths."

The facility has been the site of at least 9 deaths including two since July 4 of this year and a number of other serious bodily injuries.

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The complaint alleges the site constitutes a public nuisance that poses an unlawful risk to public safety.

The quarry is surrounded by bluffs, some as high as 40 feet, where swimmers jump into the water. The height and location of these bluffs make jumping into the water inherently dangerous, according to Hawley. Moreover, the steep bluffs make it difficult to exit the water near the bluffs.

A person injured after jumping would have to swim a substantial distance to reach dry land. These conditions appear to have caused a number of deaths and other serious injuries.

Despite their knowledge of these conditions and the resulting serious injuries, the owners of The Offsets have not posted appropriate warnings, have not taken steps to prevent dangerous activities, have not placed life-saving equipment near the bluffs, and have not retained a lifeguard, according to the attorney general, according to Hawley.

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