Nine year-old girl nearly drowns at Six Flags Ohio

Posted Thursday, August 17, 2000 7:19 AM | Contributed by Jeff

A nine year-old girl was found "limp" in Six Flags Ohio's Hook's Lagoon water park attraction. She was flown to a Cleveland hospital where she is listed in critical condition.

Read the whole story on Cleveland's NewsNet5.

A CoasterBuzz member tells us that following his complaints to the State of Ohio's Ride Safety Division regarding the park's safety practices, three inspectors were dispatched to the park to carefully review their operations. This is the third serious accident this year at the park, including an encounter with a loose cell phone on Villain and a ride operator who fell through the floor of Batman.

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Thursday, August 17, 2000 7:55 AM
This is rather interesting to me. I was at SFO Tuesday, and spent a short while at the Hook's Lagoon attraction. Many of the slides in the attraction were closed, probably due to a lack of staffing. On the specific activity that the incident occurred, children cross the lagoon holding onto a mesh net above while walking on unstable foam shapes floating on the water's surface. A lifeguard tells the kids when to go, and the area is blocked off with bouys. People are never allowed to swim in that area. I personally think that it was a mistake on the guard's part.
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Thursday, August 17, 2000 8:24 AM
Try the PARENTS fault. A nine year old girl allowed to wander by herself? I'm sick of park employees being blamed for not doing a parent's job.
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Thursday, August 17, 2000 8:32 AM
Yeah seriously, if a lifeguard saved the kid then how could it be there fault?

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Thursday, August 17, 2000 8:40 AM
i hate that wave pool i was almost strangled cuz some kid tide a raft to the side they give you about 600 waves i think it is best to stay away from it!!!
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Thursday, August 17, 2000 10:03 AM
It didn't happen in the wave pool, it happend at another part of the water park called Hook's Lagoon, where you climb on ropes as water is splashed at you.

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Thursday, August 17, 2000 10:04 AM
The report on NewsNet5 stated (although it was just one account) that a bystander actually went in and pulled her out, not a lifeguard. Parents should watch their kids, but it is the job of the lifeguards to watch for people in trouble. Certainly the guards are at least partially responsible.
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Thursday, August 17, 2000 10:26 AM
Yes they are, but would you trust your child to ANY lifeguard, no matter how trained and responsible they are? I wouldn't. Give me a break! No child under 10 should be more than 2 feet from their parents, alot worse could have happened.
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Thursday, August 17, 2000 10:29 AM
Ya I just took my cousin to that part of hooks lagoon the day before. Did you gusy know that the sof lifeguards said Help she is stuck and then when they got here out they said "Does anyone know C.P.R.? this people are supposed to save your life!!

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Thursday, August 17, 2000 1:35 PM
Ok also she wasn't 9 she was 11. The parents can't always be on top of her. also they say it was caused by hitting her head forcefully on a grate and the grate opened u
p and her was stuck in it. I find this very ahrd to believe. Becasue that hooks lagoon part she was in isn't very deep at all.
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Thursday, August 17, 2000 5:51 PM
My daughter loves the wave pool, however I have always hated them. I took my CPR certification when I was in high school and learned to swim as well, however at 19, I went to Dover Lake, Ohio and because swimming in water moving in a wave pool with people on top of you and rafts is different than normal swimming, I almost drowned. I am very cautious when at any pool especially the wave pool, because most pools are understaffed by lifeguards and they are usually high school or college students. An article I read earlier this year stated that many pools this year have had problems because there is a national shortage of lifeguards, should be a hint as to the condition of our nation's pools.
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Friday, August 18, 2000 4:30 PM
I think the Lifegaurd yelled "she needs help" in hopes that someone around them would go get help while the lifegaurd jumpped in,and as for asking for CPR anyone around here ever tried doing CPR on somebody by themselves? not easy... in CPR certification class they tell you to ask the ppl around to see if you can get assistance poor lifegaurd trying to do a job (prob freaking out a little at the time) but in no way should be put down for their actions
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Friday, August 18, 2000 10:26 PM
I worked near the water in that park for a while and most of the people who watch the water area are not certified lifeguards. They are water attendants. There is at least one certified guard at each attraction, but the vast majority are there to make sure that the kids are safely playing on the ropes and slides. There would be a whole more of them if the parents would keep their kids on a short leash. I have noticed that most kids do not seemed to be very well supervised because most foolish parents think that the staff are the only ones who are resposible for their children when they are there. That is totally erroneous.
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Saturday, August 19, 2000 2:20 PM
The Lifeguards in water parks should know CPR!! I mean come one this are the people that are supposed to save your life in the water park.

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Saturday, August 19, 2000 5:43 PM
I guess im just too used to WCUSA and BGW where even coaster operators have to be CPR certified
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Sunday, August 20, 2000 12:10 AM
they are supposed to be cpr sertified but they werent

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Tuesday, August 22, 2000 9:32 AM
I totally agree with Rylifthill, beacause they should know itand also many other things. Something else could have happen that didn't need cpr but something else to save her life and they might not have known that either.
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Tuesday, August 22, 2000 9:28 PM
All of the certified life guards do know CPR. It is part of the testing to become certified. The problem is that it helps to have a second person when administering CPR. The guard was probably asking for help not asking someone to perform CPR for them.

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Thursday, August 24, 2000 10:41 AM
no they wern't they were aksing does anyone know cpr

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Tuesday, August 29, 2000 1:41 AM
If you needed help administering CPR wouldn't you want somebody who knows CPR?

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