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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boogie man

United States

#121 Aug 28, 2009
cynical wrote:
sounds like " redneck" and " man saves boy" are the same person to me.
anything to make a dollar.probably doesn't even know where the place is

Memphis, TN

#122 Sep 4, 2009
Don Cheadle wrote:
you wonder how this could possible happen with so many people around
where were the parents?
Carla Sibley Morgan

Cumming, GA

#123 Sep 15, 2009
bulldawgs wrote:
Yes, Donniegirl there was a drowning nearly 25 years ago. Last name was Sibley. I know her twin. I don't know exactly what happened that day though.
I am the twin of Carmen Sibley. Reading all the comments posted is a bit of a reminder. I have not been to Sun Valley since she died. I now have a 14 year old daughter and she has and never will go there. As a mother myself, you have to ALWAYS watch and keep an eye on your child!

Lawrenceville, GA

#124 Sep 21, 2009
put some life preservers on the small black children if oyu dont want them to drown.NONE OF BLACK PEOLE KNOW HOW TO SWIM
screw sun valley

Powder Springs, GA

#125 Oct 16, 2009
its a joke. no one there pays attention half the life guards date each other and are too concerned with their personal lives. their main concerns are tanning and flirting. the management is a joke. I physically started a fight there and they let me just walk out with out so much as calling the cops. the whole place is a joke, run by a power hungry bitch
cathy parsons

United States

#126 Oct 24, 2009
Where were the parents?
Cris Bartlett

Dallas, GA

#127 Jan 14, 2010
ok look, these lifeguards do there best they can, Its not there fault he didnt know how to swim..if he knew why ddid he go.. I bleive its the parents fault or gardian for not watching out for him..Lifeguards have ebouph to worry about.He couldve struggled and tried to put his habds up like most people do when there drowning. So i blame the family for this incodent.
John Doe wrote:
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.
Cris Bartlett

Dallas, GA

#128 Jan 14, 2010
I hate how most of you guys are putting the blame on the lifeguards and the people who work there. MAny people were around him at the time. I dont see why they think its JUST the lifeguards job to look after him. Everyone couldve of took part to make this incodent not accur.. Where was the family at? I mean common now. If you know someone cant swim why dont you swim with them. Yeah if i was the mother I would be swimmin with him..
concerned wrote:
they need to watch their employees hey gossip and play to much. THey fire to much crooks
Cris Barltett

Riverdale, GA

#129 Jan 22, 2010
I totally aggree. They go through all the training and hard work so something like this dosn't happen. They did the best they could. It just like a fireman..Someone dies do they blame the fireman. No.. I've read what you have to do to train to be a lifeguard. only because im hopefully becoming one this year. I dont see other ppl going out of there way to do stufff like they do.
Thumbs up to ya'll :)
Lifeguard wrote:
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.
demi lovato

Ponchatoula, LA

#130 Jan 23, 2010
am 19

Marietta, GA

#132 Apr 28, 2010
Record Straighter wrote:
<quoted text>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.
Like we don't know who "Record Straightner" is! Ann Powell (the owner of SV) is writing those comments. Lord help the people that go to Sun Valley in 2010. Let's pray they can't open. They shouldn't, not only is it not safe in SO many ways, they don't pay their bills.

Winder, GA

#133 May 15, 2010
Point one, the life guards should not be wearing shoes. Point two, the weak will drown, that's just how it is and should be. Point three, their all you can eat deal is pretty darn good. Let's give em a break. Who's with me?

United States

#134 Jul 1, 2010
I have been to Sun Valley Beach and absolutely loved it and I think that the life guards are very attentive to whats going on in the park I have watched them, watch whats going on..I hear them yelling and they seem to have been doing a wonderful job. At the same time you bring your kids to the park it is your responsibility to keep an eye on them at all times no matter what their age is because anything can happen at any given time.So stop blaming the lifeguards it 50% your fault and 50% their fault.
britters b

United States

#136 Jan 17, 2011
I used to go to Sun Valley every year for camp etc. I was a good swimmer but the deep end is not for your average swimmer. Everyone should look at this as a lake. One time when they drained and cleaned the pool you could see to the bottom even in the deepest part but not normally. In fact all the years i went i was amazed at the discussion and employmentm.

Mableton, GA

#137 Feb 21, 2011
So I definately agree with all the people here that say Sun Valley Beach should shut. I used to work there && it was the worst experience of my life. Not only was I underage to work as a lifeguard, but I used to work 12 hour shifts, which for my age at the time was against the law-they need to check their child labor laws. Second, working first hand as a lifeguard && cleaning the water at closing was the most disguisting thing I have ever seen. All the guards would pretty much pack the sand to the bottom and sweep down everything caught in the broom. God knows what's in that water on the bottom. Chlorine levels were always low && lifeguards were too busy socializing with each other than watching the water-which definately reflects on the drownings. So my advice to Sun Valley Beach is to follow Child labor laws, hire more mature and experienced guards, && clean the water more effienciently because that is DISGUISTING && NOBODY WANTS TO SWIM IN THAT. Also, when I first got hired, I automatically started my rotation in the deep end and was left alone. There was no on the job training or shadowing going on and sun valley employers could care less about their employees.

Powder Springs, GA

#138 Jun 30, 2011
On august 10 2008, I was At sun valley with my little cousin. Where the three big slides are in front if those is one small blue slide. We were about to go don't it until my aunts boss and his kids spotted the 5year old boy and brought him out of the water. My aunts boss was the one to perform CPR until the paramedics came because the lifegaurds just sat there doing nothing. Before all this happened.... I was in the shallow end watching some of the lifegaurds talk about a missing boy and describing his bathing suit and what he looked like to eachother. In my opinion... They should have cleared the pool IMMEDIATELY! I was only 12 at the time...I'm now 15 and I haven't been back to sun valley since then. The owner's daughter of sun valley goes to my school.

Marietta, GA

#139 Jul 7, 2011
I think that is so sad, I think they should have more lifeguards to prevent these drownings
G Family

United States

#140 Jul 20, 2011
We took our family there on July 20, 2011. This place is horrible. I wouldnt recommend anyone going there. Very run down, no maintance kept up on the premise. Teenage life guards that had no concerns on watching out for the people. The owner was very rude and disrespectful to not only the customers but the employees as well. Once you pull into the place you can form your opinion easily at that point. I guess we were too willing to give it a chance and boy were we wrong in doing so...
We were there 10 min and it started storming, the owner refused to give us a refund. 80.00 for 2 adults and 2 kids. White water would have been 100% better deal. I wont make this same mistake again, just hope others will consider my short blog and reconsider there plans elsewhere.
so glad they closed

Clarkston, GA

#141 Oct 20, 2012
anne powell and her new partner i think brett were crooks, cheated kids out if there money on their paychecks. were rude to customers, never spent a dime to fix up the place. you know the older man that was like a handyman around there? well he was retired and donated alot if his time there and they wouldnt give him a pass to come there with his family. i am glad that anne and brett lost the business and the house that was in the land, i told you two that all the underhanded schemes you were pulling over in the customers and employees was going to come back to you 10 fold. looks like yall got what you deserved! and i for one and laughing at your misery
Tha kid22

United States

#142 Jun 16, 2013
Record Straighter wrote:
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...
Can you answer those same questions that you posted?
Are you a professional investigator? Doubt it!!!

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