Deep River Waterpark is one attraction many Merrillville residents enjoy visiting, especially during the summer months when the weather is warm. As much fun as the water park may be, you have to remember that danger lurks everywhere, even at places like this. Waterparks and pools can also become a hazard when children who are too small to swim are left alone or without the proper protection to prevent them from drowning.
Unfortunately, NWI Times reported a few days ago that a five-year-old girl was pulled from a wave pool at Deep River Waterpark and was listed as being in critical condition. The news outlet states that a lifeguard and a bystander pulled Miccia Lee from the pool about 4:40 p.m. Monday and immediately began administering CPR. Several departments were dispatched to the waterpark including the Merrillville Police and Fire departments, Indiana State Police, and Superior Ambulance.
The child was transported to St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart and was later transferred to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. The Special Victims Unit was investigating the incident to determine what caused the child to become unconscious while swimming in the pool. The news outlet went on to discuss some of the safety instructions the waterpark gives on its websites to prevent these types of accidents from occurring. One of the most important things the parks reminds its visitors or potential visitors is that if your children are going to be in the water, an adult should be with them too.
As a courtesy, the waterpark does offer life vests for free, however, it is on a first-come, first-serve basis. The park allows a child who is under 50 lbs. to get their life vest if their accompanying adult leaves an ID, however, the park does have jackets available for people of all sizes. Those who attend the park also are also encouraged to bring their own U.S. Coast Guard-approved life vest to increase their child’s level of safety while around the water. The fact is, there is water all around the waterpark which means precaution should be taken at all times. The source pointed out that the park also has red-cross certified lifeguards on duty wherever there is water, but that doesn’t mean children who aren’t capable of swimming in such deep and crowded areas such as the wave pool should be left alone.
So, if you are planning on attending this waterpark or another similar to it, check the park’s website for safety tips and more to be sure you are aware of what could potentially go wrong. Waterparks are some of the most exciting places kids can go but they also draw a lot of attention. So, rather be safe than sorry, stick with your kids and never allow a child who has not yet learned how to swim or is too small to go into an area containing water alone.
If you were involved in any type of accident this summer and would like discuss your legal rights with an accident lawyer in Merrillville, those at Marshall P. Whalley & Associates are available to speak with you now.
When taking vacations or going on a trip to these types of places, it is important that as a family, you discuss with your kids some safety tips of your own as well. The truth is, there are many deaths reported during the summer months, whether they were a result of a car accident or at a place similar to the Deep River Waterpark, accidents are common in the summer months as many people are traveling.
In the event you have been involved in an accident this summer in Indiana which resulted in you and/or your loved ones sustaining a serious injury, contact the Merrillville, IN accident attorneys at Marshall P. Whalley & Associates. They can explain your rights and discuss the steps necessary to help you recover the compensation that can pay for any incurred expenses as a result of the incident.
 
You can reach Marshall P. Whalley & Associates at:
 
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