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HONOLULU — A wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of a White Plains teenager swept out to sea during a Hawaii hiking and kayaking tour has been settled.
Marianne Madoff, the mother of 15-year-old Tyler Madoff, told The Journal News on Tuesday night that there is no peace.
Im reeling because my child is not here, she said. I just want parents to have better questions to ask, and companies to honor what they advertise, so that children can be protected and safe. We dont send our children on trips to have risks. We send them to have an experience of a lifetime, and to be safe, and to come home.
Terms of the settlement, which was reached Monday with Bold Earth Teen Adventures and Hawaii Pack and Paddle, were sealed.
Tyler, a student at Scarsdale High School, was swept off the west coast of the Big Island on July 4, 2012.
His family filed a lawsuit in Honolulu claiming tour guides were negligent for leading teenagers to a dangerous area. They were hiking near the Captain Cook monument at Kealakekua Bay, where they had kayaked, when they stopped to rest at a tide pool and large waves washed Madoff away. The teens were led to an area thats out of a state-permitted area despite dangerous surf warnings, according to the lawsuit. The boys body wasnt recovered.
The bottom line is that Bold Earth did not do what they said theyd do and they did not take care of our child, Marianne Madoff said. And this shouldnt have happened.