Family Seeks Answers From YMCA After Teen’s Drowning

Photo by Christian Leonard / Outlook Valley Sun
Mairena and Phil Jacobs (right) organized a protest Tuesday in connection with the death of their son, Colin, at a YMCA of the Foothills branch, saying the tragedy was preventable.

A family held a protest outside the La Cañada Flintridge branch of the YMCA of the Foothills on Tuesday to demand information about their son’s drowning at a nearby YMCA facility.
Colin Jacobs, a St. Francis High School alumnus and USC student, died on July 1; he had been working as a summer camp counselor at the YMCA branch in La Crescenta. A longtime volunteer for the organization, he was less than two weeks away from his 20th birthday.
Two months later, his family and friends say the YMCA of the Foothills has yet to explain what happened or promise any changes to its policies. About 50 people gathered with signs in front of the organization’s LCF location, which was chosen because it hosts the YCMA’s administrative offices, though it is not the site where Jacobs drowned.
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