SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – The water park where an Arkansas teenager drowned Thursday has issued a statement offering prayers to his family and pointing to the quick response of their water safety team and their efforts to save the boy’s life.
Our prayers are with this precious family as well as our first responders and leadership team at Splash Kingdom Shreveport, during this very difficult time.
Our initial investigation into this incident reveals that the water safety team responded to our guest within seconds and provided appropriate care while awaiting EMS. Responding police officers noted guest comments, praising the actions of our lifeguard team.
It is our understanding that an autopsy will be completed to aid in determining the cause of this tragic death.
Splash Kingdom is committed to maintaining the highest standards in water safety for all of our guests.
We continue to pray for this family during their time of great loss.Splash Kingdom Waterpark – Shreveport
The Caddo Parish Coroner’s office identified the teen Friday morning as 13-year-old Kendall Williams of El Dorado, Arkansas.
Police say it happened just after 5 p.m. Thursday when Williams reportedly went underwater and did not come back up. He was pulled from the water and CPR was performed, but he did not respond. He was taken to Willis Knighton South, where he was pronounced dead about an hour later.
An autopsy has been ordered at Ochsner LSU Health hospital.