The family of late boxer Sebastian Eubank has sued Caesars Entertainment claiming he drowned after having a heart attack when lifeguards at their Dubai resort should have saved him.
Eubank, the son of former WBO middleweight and super-middleweight champion Chris Eubank, died days before turning 30 years old.
“Sebastian Eubank was a loving husband, beloved son and brother, and the proud father of a one-month-old baby boy, when he died due to the negligence of Caesars Entertainment,” Eubank family attorney Christian M. Morris said in a statement.
“At the time of his death, Sebastian was only twenty-nine years old with a bright future in boxing, continuing the boxing legacy of his father and brother, Chris Eubank and Chris Eubank, Jr. His life was tragically cut short just days before his thirtieth birthday when he drowned in the beach on Caesars’ property. The question of how a death like this could occur in the presence of trained lifeguards on a private resort beach must be answered.”
Eubank was swimming in the sea at the resort, when he suffered what his widow, Salma Abdelati, described as a “massive heart attack,” according to the BBC.
“Dubai Police and the coroner have confirmed that after a full post-mortem Sebastian Eubank tragically died from a massive heart attack whilst in the sea and probably could not have been saved even if out of the water. There was evidence of a pre-existing heart condition we were all unaware of,” Abdelati said in a statement after Eubank’s passing.
“While still very painful, it is of some comfort that Sebastian died after having one of his favorite meals with one of his closest friends whilst doing his favorite thing at his favorite place in Dubai where he often went to swim. He was standing in the water close to shore watching the sunset at Cove Beach in Dubai.
“I am grateful that he was able to spend a few short and happy weeks with his son before his death.”
Morris, though, questioned how lifeguards and security not only did not move to immediately save Eubank, but did not discover his body until the next day.
“Under the supposed watch of both lifeguards and security, Sebastian signed into the property, changed his clothes to go swimming, and left his personal property on the beach to go into the water, where he experienced a cardiac event,” Morris said. “More than 90 percent of people survive cardiac events with proper, timely care. Now, more than ever, Sebastian needed the help of the lifeguards paid to watch out for the safety of all resort patrons. Instead, Caesars’ employees failed to act, resulting in Sebastian drowning in the water without anyone noticing,” Morris’ statement continued.
“The beach is manned by four lifeguards whose job it is to comb the water and make sure there are no swimmers before they close the beach. Instead of performing that crucial duty, however, Caesars’ employees simply picked up Sebastian’s personal items from the beach, logged them into lost-and-found, and went home. In fact, it was not until the next day that Caesars’ employees saw ‘something’ in the water but yet again ignored Sebastian, initially thinking maybe he was a ‘fish’. The loss of his life was senseless and preventable, and inquiry into Caesars’ complete inaction in this case is necessary to get justice for his family and ensure no other family suffers a similar loss.”
The lawsuit was filed in Nevada, where Caesars Entertainment is based.
Reps for Caesars did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Post.