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$13 million lawsuit filed against church camp for boy's drowning

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A $13 million lawsuit has been filed against the organizers of a church camp for the drowning of a 15-year-old southwest Washington boy.

Caleb Justice was one of two people killed in July 2012, while attending the Experience, the Valley Bible Camp south of The Dalles.

Investigators said he fell into the pool at the base of White River Falls, along with camp counselor Brett McLean, 26, of Portland. McLean also drowned.

The lawsuit, filed in Multnomah County this week, alleges the defendants were negligent in "allowing and encouraging" Justice to walk behind the waterfall, in failing to properly supervise him, and not requiring the use of life jackets.

The estate for Justice is seeking a total of $13 million in economic and non-economic damages.

Various defendants are named in the lawsuit, including the organizer of the camp, Youth Dynamics, along with a number of churches who served as co-sponsor, organizer or administrator for the camp.

Justice was a member of the River Rock Church of Camas, which is also named in the lawsuit.

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