SUN VALLEY BEACH DROWNING: Sun Valley Beach drowning

There are 145 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from May 28, 2008, titled SUN VALLEY BEACH DROWNING: Sun Valley Beach drowning. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Cobb County police are investigating the death of a 16-year-old who drowned during a class outing at a water park in Powder Springs.

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Don Cheadle

Elmhurst, IL

#1 May 28, 2008
you wonder how this could possible happen with so many people around
Victoria M

United States

#2 May 28, 2008
That is so sad. I hope that God will be with him. He was probably a nice student. I feel for his family.
Victoria M

United States

#3 May 28, 2008
That day I was at Sun Valley and my family left at 5:00. I feel for his family. :(

Powder Springs, GA

#4 May 28, 2008
i was there too, i was swimming til 7:40 i knew that would happen bcuz the life guards were busy chatting amongst themselves

Marietta, GA

#5 May 28, 2008
I work there, and i was there that day. Its unfortanate for the family and also sun valley because its going to hinder their reputation. I hope its a wake up call because sometimes the people they hire arent efficent enough. They have to be completely serious about the job.
Francesca Danielle

Milner, GA

#6 May 28, 2008
I knew who she was
in 2nd block she even said she couldnt swim before goin the end of the year
she was a very bright student
i was friends with her im in tears to hear about this
god bless and R.I.P Ify

Miami, FL

#7 May 29, 2008
The article in the newspaper states that the person is a boy, not a girl. You may have this incident confused with someone else.
John Doe

Villa Rica, GA

#8 May 29, 2008
I have worked for Sunvalley before. The management is not professional neither are the lifeguards! I have been afraid that something like this was going to happen for the past couple of years. The pool must have been in really bad shape for a body to be under water for a hour in a half with in a few yards of a life guard chair. That is unacceptable because you are supposed to see the bottom of the pool. The young boy was not in a blind spot in front of a chair either.
Record Straighter


#9 May 30, 2008
Sun Valley Beach is not a pool it is a spring that was developed into a man made lake. It has some pool like qualities such as a marcited sides and partial bottom. It still has a sandy bottom. The spring still provides water as well as an on-site well and water from the county. Because of these and other factors such as bather load and chemical reaction with containments (body oils,skin,lotions) the water will probaly never be as clear as your local Swimming pool.

The young man who drowned , while unfortunate also shares some of the blame. Questions you and his family should ask; How well could he swim? Was he swimming with a "buddy"? Did he allow himself to overestimate his ability and place himself in danger?

A small number of accidential drowning do not struggle at the surface of the water. They just slip under with no sign of distress. There were 100 other people besides the Lifeguards...why didn't any of them see this unfortunate yong man go under? Because there was nothing out of the ordinary to see.

Now place yourself in the shoes of the lifeguards who pulled him out...
media sucks

Orlando, FL

#10 May 30, 2008
AMEN!, Record Straighter

Dallas, GA

#11 May 31, 2008
they need to watch their employees hey gossip and play to much. THey fire to much crooks

Mableton, GA

#12 May 31, 2008
he wasnt there celibrating the end of the year he was there for a party for all the south cobb magnet program kids
i think the girl that person was talking about was his sister
she is 1 of my friends & she cant swim
but yeah the thing is that it happend right befor closing so there where only like 50 people there & there where 11 life gaurds so if he was yelling for help they would have heard him

Atlanta, GA

#13 Jun 1, 2008
THE LIFEGUARDS SHOULD TAKE SOME RESPONSIBILITY!!! we were there and the lifeguards were playing around. maybe if they would have taken their job more seriously that would have never happened and he would be alive today. and for the sorry that happened to your son and i hope you guys will be ok...may he R.I.P...( SUE SUNVALLEY BEACH)

Dallas, GA

#14 Jun 9, 2008
I was there the day of this drowning. Alot of the kids from this group were playing marco polo. Who is to say that he wasn't one of them. I go to this pool quite alot and watch these guards and they do a GREAT JOB. I am tried of hearing that they do nothing but play around and that the management is not professional. This is a very very safe pool. There was no signs of anyone in trouble in this pool that evening. I have a son that swims in the deep end all the time so I am always watching the water and I saw no one in trouble. I totally agree with record straighter.

Lawrenceville, GA

#15 Jun 11, 2008
I'm a lifeguard at Sun Valley, and I know my co-workers wouldn't let anybody drwon. They are strict on us doing our jod. Even if a person looks like they are drowning we are on the way to make the save. I was at a family reunion when this happened and when I heard the news, I couldn't believe it because nobody drowns. I busted my face making a save and with blood rushing down I still made it. We do our jobs great despite of how everybody feels about us. We are still going to work today, tomorrow and the next day and so on 100%. Half the people doesn't have what it takes to be a lifeguard. We are the closest thing to supermen and superwomen.
Julie Mc

Marietta, GA

#16 Jun 25, 2008
I go there several times a week with my 6 yr old. He is never out of my sight because I alone am responsible for him. From my understanding the young man had just finished swim lessons. He had NO business in 12 feet of water! The family had not seen him for almost 90 minutes before they notified someone. They should be charged with neglect. Every single day I watch the lifeguards make save after save and I'm amazed that the children get saved from drowning and just walk parents around to see if they're ok, no thank you...nothing. I know the owners....they are devastated by this as are the lifeguards. The have a Red Cross official that does continuing education with them every week...I could go on and on but the fact is this: the family needs to do some real soul-searching and realize THEY let their son down...

Denver, CO

#17 Jun 26, 2008
Does anyone have info about a 5 yr old girl who drown there about 25 yrs ago???

Carrollton, GA

#18 Jun 26, 2008
Julie Mc,you should not be hard on the family b/c
they lost there son or daughter i do not know which but they must be going through alot.And thats rude judging someone...So sorry for the family if you are reading this.may god be with you.may your child rest in peace.

Carrollton, GA

#19 Jun 26, 2008
Donniegrl wrote:
Does anyone have info about a 5 yr old girl who drown there about 25 yrs ago???
no.sorry.but do you know of a girl who died at six flags 37 years ago?

Lawrenceville, GA

#20 Jun 29, 2008
I am 40 + now, but when I was 9 my step brother also drowned at this beach. He also was 9 yrs old. He was in shallow water. the pool was very full. when we discovered he was missing the pool was vacated and a life guard all but tripped over him.

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