Report details circumstances of Cajun Lagoon drowning
DENHAM SPRINGS - Owners of the Cajun Lagoon water park where a 14-year-old boy drowned last month told investigators they had four lifeguards on duty at the time of the accident. Yet, the insurers of the park only required one lifeguard to be on duty.
That statement is part of a report released by the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office today. It also indicates that it was unknown where the lifeguards were stationed that day, but water park management normally had them positioned over different sections of the park.
The victim, Nick Kissner, was part of a church group which signed a standard liability waiver acknowledging that guests at the park could face unanticipated risks which could lead to injury, paralysis or death.
Documents provided to the News 2 Investigative Unit also show that the planning department approved and licensed the park to operate.
The Office of the State Fire Marshal cited Cajun Lagoon for failing to file some documents to show that the facility was up to building codes. That office says those documents have now been filed and are being reviewed.
Our investigation showed there are no state or local agency regulates water park safety, prompting at least one lawmaker to push for safety rules.
The report indicates that one of Nick Kissner's church friends found him in the water following a 20 minute search.
The owners of Cajun Lagoon have yet to comment publicly on the July 31 tragedy.