14-year-old boy drowns at water park in Denham Springs
POSTED: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 2:05pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 10:55pm
DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (NBC33) — The Livingston Parish Sheriff’s office is currently investigating the drowning death of a 14-year-old boy at a water park in Denham Springs.
Officials confirmed that the incident happened at roughly 1:00 p.m. at the Cajun Lagoon water park in Denham Springs.
“Right now we’re still getting all the facts and information about what lead to the drowning,” Sgt. Gene Higgenbothem, Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office, said.
A witness tells NBC33 News that the boy was part of a church group. We’re told 13 kids were part of the group that traveled to Cajun Lagoon from out-of-town.
According to the witness, a boy in the group informed a lifeguard on duty that his friend had gone missing. A total of five lifeguards were on duty when the incident happened. They searched the lake and found the boy under the water about 15 feet from the bank.
The lifeguard pulled the child to shore and began performing CPR until EMS arrived. The boy was pronounced dead a short time later.
We’re told that roughly 80 people were visiting the park when the incident occurred.
Officials with the park tell us they will be closed tomorrow and could remain closed longer pending the outcome of the investigation.
The Cajun Lagoon water park is in its first year of operation. It is a man-made lake that is primarily shallow water. The deepest point is roughly 10 feet deep.
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