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Witnesses describe event where teen drowned

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DENHAM SPRINGS - A pair of witnesses believe more could have been done at a water park where a teenage boy drowned Tuesday.

"The lifeguards were panicked, they didn't know what to do," said a witness who asked not to be identified.

Emergency crews responded to a drowning call at Cajun Lagoon, a water park north of Denham Springs on Hwy. 16.

The teenager was at the park with a church group when some friends noticed he was missing.

A representative of the park said the church group reported the boy's absence to lifeguards, who pulled everyone out of the pool and formed a search line until they found the victim.

But, witnesses believe things did not happen fast enough.

"They were yelling his name, but they still hadn't searched the water," another swimmer said, who also asked not to be identified.

"They said the lifeguards got in and held hands and combed the water, they didn't do that."

Witnesses tell said the teen's body was found by another swimmer, who was in the water, searching for his friend.

"A child actually stepped on him. Like, held his hair and everything," one of the witnesses said. "He dove under and got him and pulled him out."

Cajun Lagoon lifeguards performed CPR until paramedics arrived and took over.

The water park will remain closed Wednesday. 

The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office, which released very little information Tuesday afternoon, said it will release more details Wednesday.

The teen's name was not released at the time of this post.


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