SUN VALLEY BEACH DROWNING: Sun Valley...

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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svbmama

Powder Springs, GA

#101 Aug 15, 2008
Visitor_from_Memphis wrote:
I was there that afternoon. I heard a commotion but was busy keeping an eye on my 5 year old grandson. I heard him say 'some boy has drowned' I looked and saw a large crowd and heard the ambulance coming. I assumed that with all the lifeguards around that someone had started CPR. I was shocked when I saw them carrying the boy on a backboard and when the paramedics arrived at the litter they started CPR. That boy would be alive had one life guard done the only life saving technique he/she should know by heart. CPR. Learn it and save a life. Had I known that the boy was not being rececitated I would have done it. The life guards who were on the scene that didn't provide CPR should look deep inside themselves. If they don't know CPR then train them. If you can't train them then post a sign. SWIM AT YOUR OWN RISK. NO LIFEGUARDS ON DUTY.
I say shame on the lifeguards. They are the protection in that pool.
I say if you donot know the details...PLEASE keep you BIG MOUTH SHUT!!!! The CPR was started as soon as the boy was out of the water!! UNLIKE YOU I WAS STANDING THERE!!!!! I was at B-day party for my grandchild, & saw the 2 couples come onto the beach where the child was not w/them. I noticed one of the men walking around for quite sometime.I am sure it was at least an hr or more. When they Guard stand was notified that the boy was missing he was found with 5min. MY HEART goes out to the family of each victim, BUT the ulimate responsibilty of a child is the parent. The parents of the little boy were not even dresses to go into the pool. I assume that they saw lifeguards on duty & they assumed that they did not feel the watch the child as closely as they should have.
HiramMom

United States

#102 Aug 15, 2008
svbmama wrote:
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I say if you donot know the details...PLEASE keep you BIG MOUTH SHUT!!!! The CPR was started as soon as the boy was out of the water!! UNLIKE YOU I WAS STANDING THERE!!!!! I was at B-day party for my grandchild, & saw the 2 couples come onto the beach where the child was not w/them. I noticed one of the men walking around for quite sometime.I am sure it was at least an hr or more. When they Guard stand was notified that the boy was missing he was found with 5min. MY HEART goes out to the family of each victim, BUT the ulimate responsibilty of a child is the parent. The parents of the little boy were not even dresses to go into the pool. I assume that they saw lifeguards on duty & they assumed that they did not feel the watch the child as closely as they should have.
SVBmama you are exactly right! I was there as well and CPR was immediately started. I did see the father roaming around the pool and looking for quite some time but never seemed too concerned. Neither one of them was wearing bathing suits..in fact, the mother had pants on. I never saw either one go into the water. Once the mother did get concerned & started notifying lifeguards & patrons, the little boy was found very quickly. The whole situation is so unfortunate! I am sure those parents wish they could turn back time & do things differently. I can't imagine the guilt they must be feeling. My heart goes out to Sun Valley as well. I have seen the lifeguards save children many times...sometimes the same ones more than once & the parents are nowhere around.
Lithia Spirngs GA

Dallas, GA

#103 Aug 15, 2008
visitor wrote:
Okay, first I would like to say I am very sorry for the loss of these two children, it is a horrible tragedy!!!! I couldn't imagine, as I myself have two children one almost 16 and one 8. We have been season pass holders since I was 10, so for about 29 yrs, I have came to Sun Valley beach. I know there are lifeguards and they do their job well, BUT as a parent I am always aware of where my 8yr old is and my 15 yr old always has a buddy with her. This is a pool and you as a parent should always take actions to protect your own children. I am not trying to be ugly to these two parents that just lost your children, but you can not point your finger at the lifeguards. As for the writer that says the owner of Sunvalley is not a lady!!! You have know idea of what kind of person she is, She is one of the most caring people I have ever met!! And, if she told you this was her pool and she could kick you out, I can only imagine you weren't just laying out in the sun or swimming with your kids, there would be a good reason behind her or him to say that to you!! So check yourself. Yes, she has sat on the lifeguard deck talking on the michrophone trying to get her rules across because some people don't like to follow the rules. The rules are there so things like this won't happen. I am really sorry again for the losses I have pryaed for these families, But, I have also been praying for the owners of this beach, this is a tough job and they take their beach to heart.
I agree with you 100%. If the owner gets onto you then you or your kids have done something wrong. I sit out on the beach every weekend and watched people do things that they were not suppose to do even after the guards telling them not to do it. This is why people get thrown out cause they keep doing it over and over.I get so pissed off when people start talking trash about Sun Valley. I THINK THAT THE ENTIRE STAFF AT SUN VALLEY DOES A GREAT JOB. And for all the people that say they were there when this happened and seen the parents looking, then WHY DIDN'T you get up off your butt and help as well....I blame no one but the parents on this.....
concerned parent

Rockmart, GA

#104 Aug 17, 2008
I 2 mounths ago saved a child at sunvalley beach. I informed the owner I had just told my girlfriend about how the lifegaurds were paying more attention to the girls around rather than the water. She told me the park was crowded and the lifegauds were doing a good job.She in my mind is a money hungry idiot who will let money come before safty.I mean after 1 death I would have listened to anyones comment about safety and take it into consideration.She never even spoke to the lifegaurd after I told her I just saved a kid and he never even saw the struggle 10 feet in front of him. If she would hire at least 1 person over 16,maybe they might pervent a few of the deaths.I think the problem there is the MONEY HUNGRY OWNER might have someone on her pay role wanting more than minimum wage and a tan.
sam knight

Atlanta, GA

#105 Aug 18, 2008
I have went many times there with my 8 and 9 year old kids and feel that it is a safe place for them because i watch them like any good parent should. I agree that the statement of closing down the park because a death is like saying that we should close I-285 because of a death. I do feel very bad for the victims family I was there the day Mr. Patel drown.
spl32

AOL

#106 Aug 19, 2008
On May 29, two days after Odihe drowned, inspectors found problems with the pool's water quality, according to reports obtained through the Georgia Open Records Act
An inspector noted that the pool operator needed to maintain chlorine at minimum levels. The inspector also noted that life preservers with ropes were required.
Pressure gauges to the backup sand filters were missing or broken. A water flow meter was also not working.
On June 5, an inspector found that emergency phone was not charged.
In a July 10, an inspector found that the water clarity issues were corrected. But chlorine levels were too high on the shallow end and a required phone was not charged.
"Check daily," the inspector wrote of the telephone.
In 2007, the park opened its triple slide area to the public before it had been inspected.
"Very disappointed reopened without inspection," wrote an inspector in an Aug. 8, 2007 report. "Triple slide area re-opened illegally."
Water quality issues were also found in 2007.
cris bartlett

Riverdale, GA

#107 Aug 22, 2008
ok . i know some of the life guards at sunvalley its not there folt they have a billion other people to watch out for them. it was the mothers fault that the little boy dround it was not any one elses . i know that u have to be with someone at all times in the pool. so that is the responsalbiltys of the mother the life guars are not there to baby sit anyone .
my name is cris and ive been at svb day camp for six years and i used to be a junior lifeguard in training .and im 13 any questions , [email protected]
and thxn
cris bartlett

Riverdale, GA

#108 Aug 22, 2008
i think that it is the parents responsablity the lifeguards have more than one person to watch after. but the parent needs to be in the pool at all times. or have the baby so they can see were hes at . the lifeguard is not the baby sitter .
i went ot camp for 7 years there i think i knoew and know im 13
Record Straighter

AOL

#109 Mar 27, 2009
August 10th drowning wrote:
I may be the Charlotte, NC that was referred to in some posts. I am very sorry I may not have explained clearly. I referred to a little boy ~ 3 that was trying to go down the blue slide. He was being watched by several patrons, me included. Otherwise, it could have been TWO drownings that day.
I remember the parents were right there when the child was carried out of the water. It was extremely sunny and difficult to see who was in the pool with the sun in your eyes. The water quality made it even more difficult to see.
Concerned Parent you are absolutely right! There are two many kids allowed in the pool to be able to see all of them at the same time. When you enter the pool it is ~ 1 foot deep. It is a hill that can cause you to swy into the deeper water. It may have been difficult for the little boy to stay stationary in the shallow end. Swimmers know that water drifts, that can cause little children to be moved "drifting" into deeper water.
Yeah, the owner is a wonderful lady, so wonderful that she hid from the press, and has not addressed this issue nor has she had an attorney address publicly. There is a device that can help when your heart stops, it's called an AED (automated External Defibrillator). None of the lifeguards brought one out.... The hunger for money has taken over, because Sun Valley Beach was open today, Business as usual.
Who can we call to look into Sun Valley Beach?
Okay once again I have to straighten out wrong information. 1. An AED can only shock in two Cardiac rhythms Ventricular Tachycardia and Ventricular Fribillation. It can not save every life. That is a misconception you obviously believe. Go take a CPR/AED course from either the American Red Cross or The American Heart Association. If your heart stops that is called Aystole and is unshockable! 2. There is a very neglible current in a lake.
Record Straighter

AOL

#110 Mar 27, 2009
concerned parent wrote:
I 2 mounths ago saved a child at sunvalley beach. I informed the owner I had just told my girlfriend about how the lifegaurds were paying more attention to the girls around rather than the water. She told me the park was crowded and the lifegauds were doing a good job.She in my mind is a money hungry idiot who will let money come before safty.I mean after 1 death I would have listened to anyones comment about safety and take it into consideration.She never even spoke to the lifegaurd after I told her I just saved a kid and he never even saw the struggle 10 feet in front of him. If she would hire at least 1 person over 16,maybe they might pervent a few of the deaths.I think the problem there is the MONEY HUNGRY OWNER might have someone on her pay role wanting more than minimum wage and a tan.
Just who do you think takes Lifeguard courses. I have not seen your face there nor have I seen your face applying for a job as a Lifeguard. By the way about half the guards at SVB are over 16. Maybe you should speak when you actually know something instead of fabricating wrong information.
Don

Memphis, TN

#111 Apr 10, 2009
Victoria M wrote:
That is so sad. I hope that God will be with him. He was probably a nice student. I feel for his family.
I am sure YOUR president can raise the dead.
deb

Ann Arbor, MI

#112 Jun 2, 2009
the guy who died lived in my neighborhood! he was so chilled and calm all the time :[
worried parent

Cedartown, GA

#113 Jun 5, 2009
I believe that the place needs to close down especially thr day camp. Ann Powell is the owner.
chase

Powder Springs, GA

#114 Jun 21, 2009
they need to get the life guards to watch the water and not there selfs.they talk way to much to each other and not pay attention to the water.thats my thoughts hope yall do something soon
seriously

Boynton Beach, FL

#115 Jun 26, 2009
I was very surprised that they have re-opened.I have been there 3 times this year.The only thing they have changed that I have seen is checking the levels of the water keep putting chemicals in the pool.I would imagine when the folks drowned their the pool wasn't clear enough as the teenager was in the water 2 hours before he was found.
They have made a few more changes to their advantage.Close at 5pm on Monday and tuesday.They are letting 4 or more bus-loads of kids swarm the beach with little supervison from the day camps that are bringing them in they give out free drinks but never have anymore than 2 working the little house that serves drinks by the playground is never open the owner does walk around in her hat and tries to keep things smooth.Looks like they let the man go they had their for years that would constantly be walking the beach.Lifeguards are still playing grab ass so I will be surprised if they make it passed this year the business has dropped of,feels like your at a place in Africa.So really the place sucks isn't worth the money.
worried from dallas

United States

#116 Jun 30, 2009
worried parent wrote:
I believe that the place needs to close down especially thr day camp. Ann Powell is the owner.
I think they should close!!!!
Ghetto

United States

#117 Jun 30, 2009
seriously wrote:
I was very surprised that they have re-opened.I have been there 3 times this year.The only thing they have changed that I have seen is checking the levels of the water keep putting chemicals in the pool.I would imagine when the folks drowned their the pool wasn't clear enough as the teenager was in the water 2 hours before he was found.
They have made a few more changes to their advantage.Close at 5pm on Monday and tuesday.They are letting 4 or more bus-loads of kids swarm the beach with little supervison from the day camps that are bringing them in they give out free drinks but never have anymore than 2 working the little house that serves drinks by the playground is never open the owner does walk around in her hat and tries to keep things smooth.Looks like they let the man go they had their for years that would constantly be walking the beach.Lifeguards are still playing grab ass so I will be surprised if they make it passed this year the business has dropped of,feels like your at a place in Africa.So really the place sucks isn't worth the money.
They did his name was dennis you would see him walking around and keeping safe
Ghetto

United States

#118 Aug 25, 2009
So how is the park this year. Ask them about there day camp
cindy

Florence, SC

#119 Aug 25, 2009
Don Cheadle wrote:
you wonder how this could possible happen with so many people around
where were the childs parents? Most of the parents today drop the child off and expect the park to babysit them.Alot of the kids cant swim, especially black people,and think because there is a life guard around, they cant drown.TAKE SOME RESPONSIBILITY PARENTS--
cindy

Florence, SC

#120 Aug 25, 2009
chase wrote:
they need to get the life guards to watch the water and not there selfs.they talk way to much to each other and not pay attention to the water.thats my thoughts hope yall do something soon
the parents should also take responsibility for thir children>IF THEY CANT SWIm, LEAVE THEM IN THE KIDDY POOL.Suppose the close the areas or fill them in that are over 3 ft tall, this way if your drowning, STAND UP..Yea, it takes the fun out of the water park, but if your stupid enough to not know how to swim, and depend od someone else to keep you safe, LIKE ALOT OF PEOPLE LOOK AT THE GOVERNMENT, then yea, there are going to be drownings..Better hope I am not on the jury....the owner will walk by paying NOTHING!

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