A 5-year-old Lincoln girl has drowned at a Grand Island water park.
Hall County authorities identify the victim as Nubari Koffree.
Grand Island firefighters found Nubari unresponsive at the Island Oasis wave pool after responding to an emergency call around 4pm Saturday. Nubari was taken to CHI Health St. Francis where she was pronounced dead.
City Administrator Marlan Ferguson said the fatality occurred when the wave pool was inactive.
“The machine was not operating at the time,” Ferguson told reporters during a news conference. “If you know, the wave machine rotates on a 10-minute off, 10-minute on scenario and at the time of the incident it was not operating.”
Officials said Nubari was at the water park with her mother, Dumale Bariyiga.
Grand Island Mayor Jeremy Jensen asked for the public to pray for the family.
“I ask that the entire city of Grand Island unite and uplift this family in their thoughts and prayers,” Jensen stated. “Last (Sat.) night, after Island Oasis closed, I met with the staff of the water park. I wanted to make sure all of those young people knew how much we appreciate the job that they do and I can tell you there weren’t many dry eyes when we left there last night.”
According to city officials, it is the first incident at the facility since it opened in 1994.
Island Oasis shut down for firefighters to respond. It was open Sunday as normal.
By Brent Weithorn, KXPN