Splash Kingdom Canton

CANTON, Texas — A man died over the weekend at Splash Kingdom Water Park in Canton in what's believed to be the second drowning in less than a week at a Splash Kingdom Park. An Arkansas teenager died last week at the park in Shreveport.

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KTBS 3's Investigative Report Jamie Ostroff learned it happened on the Volcano Mountain slide, which is closed Monday in the wake of the incident.

Splash Kingdom's website says there’s a 10 foot pool at the bottom of the slide and that it’s recommended for strong swimmers only.

According to a release from Splash Kingdom President Johnny Blevins, a man had a medical emergency within the park.

The Canton Police Department released a statement saying that a drowning call came in Sunday just before 5 p.m. EMS found a 19-year-old man unresponsive.

Staff and guests with medical training helped to perform CPR while waiting for an ambulance.

The patient was flown to Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy has been ordered.

"We are praying for the family of this man, as well as the lifeguard team that responded to him," Blevins said in a release. "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."


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