The parents of a student athlete at the University of Cincinnati who drowned earlier this summer appeared on NBC's "Today Show" to warn others of the dangers of boat-related carbon monoxide poisoning.
Allyson "Ally" Sidloski, 21, from Strongsville, Ohio, died in May and was recovered at the William H. Harsha Lake in Clermont County.
Sidloski's parents, Tracie and David Sidloski, told the "Today Show" they were confused when they first learned she had drowned.
“Ally knew how to swim. It didn't make sense,” Tracie Sidloski told the show.
According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ally Sidloski was hanging off a swim platform attached to a boat when she fell into the lake. She was not wearing a life jacket.
An autopsy from the Hamilton County Coroner's Office found that carbon monoxide was a contributing factor in the drowning.
The "Today Show" reported that Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based attorney John Uustal is planning to file a lawsuit on behalf of Sidloski’s family.
He told the show: "This is not a problem to be solved in the owner’s manual. There should not be seats in the danger zone.”
"We can't bring our daughter back, but if we can try to save other people from having to go through this, we want to do our best to do that," Tracie Sidloski said on the show. "It is preventable."
Memorial, fundraiser for Sidloski is Friday at UC
A memorial walk and fundraiser for Sidloski will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at UC's Gettler Stadium, the home of the men's and women's soccer teams.
Proceeds from T-shirt sales for the walk will benefit the "#WePlayFor3" memorial fund.
- 6:30 p.m.: Meet in Gettler Stadium
- 6:35 p.m.: Tribute to Ally Sidloski
- 6:55 p.m.: 3for3 (Three laps around the track)
Attendees are asked to wear red.