Sad news out of Knoebels in Pennsylvania on Saturday, as a young boy drowned in one of the many pools at the resort. The boy was found Saturday afternoon in a part of the pool that ranged from zero to three feet. There are lifeguards on duty, and it was a lifeguard who found the boy.
The name of the boy was not released, but it is believed that he was with his family on vacation from another part of the country.
The park released the following statement on their official website on Saturday evening:
A tragedy occurred on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at Knoebels Crystal Pool. A young boy was found unresponsive by a lifeguard who immediately initiated emergency care. Additional care was provided and he was transported to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.
The Knoebel family and team members had been hoping and praying for the best possible outcome, but are saddened to have learned from local authorities that the young boy has passed away. Please join us in keeping the boy’s family in your prayers.
For information regarding Knoebels, call us at 1-800-487-4386.
The park did not close, though the area is being investigated to find out what exactly happened that caused the drowning. Several people commenting on the official Facebook page noted that Knoebels has many lifeguards on duty, and also noted that it gets very crowded on a hot summer day.
Guest safety is always the top priority for Knoebels and theme parks in general, but unfortunately accidents happen. While there is a lot of press and attention when an incident occurs at a theme park, theme parks are statistically one of the safest amusement venues in the country, with less accidents occurring there, then at your own home.
Knoebels is home to several swimming pools, and water attractions and is billed as the largest free admission theme park in the country. It is also home to several large amusement rides, and world class roller coasters.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, and to Knoebels.