A five-year-old Lincoln girl died Saturday at the Island Oasis water park in Grand Island.
City Administrator Marlan Ferguson says the incident happened in the water park’s wave pool area but the machine wasn’t running at the time. Ferguson says the incident is under investigation.
“As we review the details of the tragic situation, Island Oasis will continue to be open under normal operating hours,” Ferguson says. “I also want to stress to the public, they should have complete confidence in Island Oasis, our city facilities. I can assure you they are well maintained, well staffed and very well trained.”
It’s still unclear how the girl died. Ferguson says a coroner’s report is expected to be released today. The girl’s name wasn’t released.
Grand Island Mayor Jeremy Jensen asked for the public to pray for the girl’s family and for the employees of the water park.
“I ask that the entire city of Grand Island unite and uplift this family in their thoughts and prayers,” Mayor Jensen says. He met with the water park staff after it closed a night ago and told them how much everyone appreciates the job they do and “there weren’t many dry eyes when we left.”
Saturday’s incident was the first death at the water park since it opened in 1994.
Ferguson says a coroner’s report is expected to be released today.
By Brent Wiethorn, KKPR, Kearney