Investigation continues into drowning death of teen at water park; name released

Investigation continues into drowning death of teen at water park; name released
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POSTED: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 12:41pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 6:44pm

An investigation surrounding the death of a 14-year-old boy at a water park in Denham Springs continues today. Investigators say it could be several days before it’s complete.

“Right now they’re still interviewing people. It’s not something that’s going to happen over night,” Sgt. Gene Higgenbothem, Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office, said. “With the number of people who were on the scene, investigators want to make sure to interview everyone. That takes time to complete.”

Nicholas Kissner of Port Allen was found lifeless by lifeguards at the Cajun Lagoon on Tuesday, July 30. He was at visiting the park with his church group.

At roughly 1:00 p.m., a member of the group noticed that Kissner was missing. Lifeguards were alerted and they began a search. He was found roughly 15 feet from the bank of the man-made lake.

Attempts to resuscitate Kissner were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The Livingston Parish Coroner’s Office conducted an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death to be accidental drowning. There are no signs of foul play.

Cajun Lagoon is in its first year of operation. The park is closed today but could reopen as soon as Thursday, August 1.

Visitors under the age of 12 are required to wear a lifevest. There were 5 lifeguards on duty when Kissner drowned. Roughly 80 people were at the park when it happened.
 

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