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An 11-year-old boy has died and another is in critical condition after a raft capsized during a water ride at an Iowa theme park.
Michael Jaramillo , passed away Sunday from his injuries, the Altoona Police Department said Monday, and another is still in critical condition.
Two other people who were on the Raging River at Adventureland Park in Altoona, Iowa – outside Des Moines – were slightly injured Saturday night, the police department tweeted, after a raft carrying six people passed. inverted.
UPDATE: Police say 11-year-old Michael Jaramillo died Sunday from his injuries after an accident on the Raging River ride at Adventureland Park in Altoona.https://t.co/BOSeOr54vw
— Iowa’s News Now (@iowasnewsnow) July 5, 2021
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Jaramillo family as they go through the heartbreaking loss of their baby,” the police department said in a statement.
Altoona police and firefighters arrived at the scene around 7:30 pm. Saturday night and worked with witnesses to try to help free the passengers.
They then began applying life-saving measures to patients, the police department said.
Four of the passengers were sent to a local hospital that night – three of which were critical, according to the Des Moines Register, but theme park officials released a statement on Sunday saying one of them had died.
“Adventureland is saddened to learn of the death of a guest involved in the Raging River incident on the evening of 3/7/21,” officials posted on Facebook Sunday evening.
“This investigation is ongoing and the carousel remains closed,” the statement continued.
“Adventureland works closely with state and local authorities and wishes to thank them again for their efforts.
“At this time, we ask for your thoughts and prayers for his guest and family, as well as for our team members who were on site.”
The Altoona Police Department is now working with the Iowa State Inspector and Adventureland Park officials “to understand this tragic incident.”
The names of the other victims were not disclosed.
Park officials said firefighters and police responded to the call immediately, but the ride, described on the theme park’s website as “a great way to cool off with the whole family,” is far from the entrance. of the park, making it difficult for first-time rescuers to get to the scene.
“I guess the most distant units walked 200 to 300 yards, perhaps,” Lance Rouston of the Altoona Fire Department told KCCI. “The closest [walks] maybe a hundred.
“It’s the closest we could actually get a device there, and they’d have to walk the rest of the way and bring their gear back and so on.”
The ride, which simulates white water rafting, was reportedly inspected on Friday – just a day before the accident – and was found in “good condition,” park officials wrote in a statement, but will remain closed for further. considerations. inspection.
Five years ago, a park attendant who had only been working for six days died of his injuries while trying to help passengers get off the rafts.
Steve Booher, 68, is said to have fallen on the treadmill and suffered a skull fracture, as well as brain injuries.
He died four days later, and the state Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined the theme park $ 4,500, the maximum it can assess for the violation.
The park also settled a manslaughter lawsuit filed by Booher’s 47-year-old wife and their adult children last December for an undisclosed sum, Iowa News Now reports.
The lawsuit alleged that the carousel operator had been negligent in starting the ride prematurely in violation of the park rules and letting it run even though Booher was injured and customers yelled at him to stop.