Father of Cajun Lagoon drowning victim wants park closed

Father of Cajun Lagoon drowning victim wants park closed
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POSTED: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 5:00pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 5:04pm

It’s been a week since 14 year-old Nick Kissner drowned at Cajun Lagoon; now his dad, John Kissner, is on a mission to make sure no parent has to go through what he has.

"I don't want money, I want him closed! I don't want this happening to anybody else! I mean that's nuts," exclaimed Kissner.

John Kissner has only one wish, he wants the water park where his son drowned last Tuesday, shut down.

"I lived for him. I just never dreamed that it would end this way, and it's all because that water park neglected human safety, and that's all it is," Kissner explained.

The problem is, there is no one for Kissner to make an official complaint to, and no state agency to force the park shut.

"In Louisiana, no one (regulates water parks),” said deputy state fire marshal Brant Thompson, ”Our statutory mandate is very narrowly tailored to deal specifically with mechanical aspects of attractions, and again does not extend to water attractions."

Thompson explained that the responsibility of regulating a water park's safety falls solely on the owner.

"Unfortunately it is up to the individual here in Louisiana to make a determination as to the safety of any given park," added Thompson.

Kissner said, in that case, he wants the owners of Cajun Lagoon to step up and shut their doors, so no other parents will have to go through what he has.

"I just don't want this to happen to anybody else, I don't want it to happen to anybody else," said Kissner.

NBC33 reached out to the owners of Cajun Lagoon, they did not want to make a comment for our story. State Fire Marshal Butch Browning also told us that several legislators are looking to change laws to define which agency has jurisdiction over water park safety and regulation.

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