Child pulled from water at Cowabunga Bay

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - A 8-year-old child is recovering after being pulled from the water at Cowabunga Bay. Henderson Fire Department says they responded to a reported drowning at the water park just after 6 p.m.

The child was taken to Henderson Hospital where he was said to have a pulse in the emergency room. Park officials say they are investigating the Sunday incident.

Last year, the I-Team uncovered that the park did not have enough lifeguards when 6-year-old Leland Gardner suffered severe brain damage in a non-fatal drowning incident in 2015.

On that day three lifeguards were working the wave pool instead of the required 17 lifeguards. The health district eventually fined them $218 but months later, the health district staff asked for a variance on behalf of Cowabunga Bay and it was granted, cutting the number of required lifeguards down to seven.

Attorneys for the Gardner family are now suing Cowagunga bay.

Cowabunga management provided the following statement following Sunday's incident:

"There was a medical incident at the park tonight. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family involved, and we will provide support to the family as needed and requested.  We cannot provide further details at this stage as we are in the process of  investigating the incident. Please allow us the time needed to investigate the circumstances fully.” - Cowabunga Bay Management

 

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