Lifeguards pulled the unconscious boy from a two-foot-deep section of the "Great Barrier Reef." Bill Lentz, Great America 's general manager, indicates that the wave pool contains 355,000-gallon of water. It opened Memorial Day. Waves simulates the sensation of an ocean (California apparently does not have enough ocean. In the past wave pools have been common in places like the midwest where oceans are "something you see on post cards and in movies.)
The park apparently provides life vests and inner tubes for visitors to use in the wave pool. (Generally inner tubes are forbidden at most wave pools for safety reasons!) The pool does not have age or size restrictions. No public information has been released as to who was supervising the four year old at the time of the accident. Lifeguards and Great America emergency workers administered CPR on the child until paramedics took over.The boy died at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Santa Clara.
We should all join in mourning the loss of this child, for the world has been robbed of what he may have contributed had he had the opportunity.
Yolanda Flores, mother of the child, blames the Great America amusement park in Santa Clara for the drowning of her 4-year-old boy. Flores apparently let her 4-year-old boy, Carlos Alejandro Flores, play unattended. She claims there were only four life guards on duty not six as Park officials contend. Carlos drowned in two feet of water and according to mom was discovered by his 8 year old sister, Jasmine.
Update 7-15-07 Tragedy strikes in Oshkosh, WI. A 16 year old teen, Elizabeth K. Mohl, fell from a festival ride and died. The ride, Old Glory, used a crane to hoist up a person in a sling. At the top, the person pulls a ripcord which drops the person while they swing back and forth. Unfortunately for Elizabeth, the ride malfunctioned.
Update: 7-24-04 LOUISVILLE, Ky., July 13 (UPI) -- Randall and Monique Lasitter, parents of Kaitlyn Lasitter, have filed a suit against Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom theme park because their daughter's feet were severed on a ride. The suit is filed in Jefferson Circuit Court. Plaintiff's seek money damages and a restraining order to bar the theme park from dismantling the ride. Doctors at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville reattached Kaitlyn Lasitter's right foot, but the left one could not be saved. Thirteen year old Kaitlyn Lasitter remains hospitalized and Legal Pub wishes her a speedy recovery.
Update 12-7-07. Congratulations to Kaitlyn Lasitter. She has taken a big step on the road to recovery as yesterday she took her first steps with a prosthetic limb. God's speed, young lady. Thousands of people are praying for your swift recovery.
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