The family of a three-year-old Dearborn boy who drowned in August at the Kalahari water park in Sandusky, Ohio, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the resort. The child drowned in a three-foot-deep kiddie pool in an outdoor portion of the resort known as the Lagoon. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Toledo, alleges that the child didn’t have on a life vest as required by Kalahari policy and the park “did not have adequate lifeguards monitoring and guarding the Lagoon.” The child’s mother lost sight of him as he entered the pool, which contained more than 50 people. When employees found the child, he was face down in the Lagoon. He died later at an area hospital.
The lawsuit claims Kalahari “should have known that additional lifeguards were needed to monitor the Lagoon,” with more than 50 people wading there, and “should have known that the child wasn’t wearing a U.S. Coast Guard approved life vest.” Kalahari brings in more than 1 million guests each year to its 250,000 square-foot water park, according to the lawsuit.
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