CANTON–Splash Kingdom Waterparks, both the Canton and Shreveport locations, have announced the deaths of two people this month.
A 13-year-old died July 25, in Shreveport, La., after going underwater at a Splash Kingdom waterpark. According to Shreveport police reports, around 5 p.m., the teenager was reportedly swimming and went under water but did not come up. Reports stated that lifeguards retrieved the teen from the water and performed CPR. He was then transferred to Willis-Knighton South Medical Center by the Shreveport Fire Department where he later died around 6 p.m.
Another death was reported via Facebook by Splash Kingdom Family Waterparks President Johnny Blevins who posted the following:
“All of Splash Kingdom holds a heavy heart today as lifeguards and management in Canton responded to a medical need for an adult male inside the park. CPR was performed and additional equipment was utilized to provide care while awaiting EMS. We are grateful for their assistance, as well as the participation of several guests with extensive medical training, who worked alongside our team during this tragic time. We are praying for the family of this man, as well as the lifeguard team that responded to him. The health and safety of all our guests is our highest priority and we are honored by the opportunity to serve you and your family.”
Reports state that the Canton Police Department was called to the waterpark, located at 18841 Interstate 20, a little before 5 p.m., in response to a call for drowning. Canton Fire Department and EMS also responded.
Reports indicated that 19-year-old Emmanuel Ogunfuwa was found unresponsive and had been pulled from a 10-foot deep pool and that CPR was performed by park personnel and an AED was used in attempts to revive the man. Lifesaving efforts were also continued while a helicopter was dispatched to the waterpark. Ogunfuwa was a student at UT Tyler and was attending summer classes.
Ogunfuwa was then flown to a Tyler hospital, where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy has been ordered.