The popular Splash in the Boro Water Park in Statesboro has closed for the day after a death in the park. Bulloch County Coroner Jake Futch has identified the deceased lady as Pauline Harden, 70, from Springfield, Georgia.
Coroner Futch determined that Mrs. Harden died as a result of drowning after suffering a heart attack in the water park.
Bulloch County 911 dispatched Bulloch County EMS at 12:17 pm on Thursday, June 23, 2022 to Splash in the Boro waterpark to a patron who had collapsed in the lazy river section of the park.
Bulloch County EMS was already in Mill Creek Park standing by at the baseball tournament so their response to scene was very quick.
Paramedics were notified that lifeguards had removed an adult from the lazy river and had began CPR.
Shortly after Bulloch EMS arrived on the scene they requested Bulloch County Coroner Jake Futch to respond to the waterpark.
Witnesses on the scene reported to Grice Connect that the deceased appeared to have suffered a medical issue while in the lazy river. She was removed from the water quickly and cpr began immediately.
The park was at almost full capacity with the incident occured.
Witnesses in the waterpark praised the quick and professional response of the lifeguards and Bulloch County EMS. They also told Grice Connect that they worked hard to remove children and families from the area.
Bulloch County Board of Commissioners released this statement:
The Board of Commissioners is aware of an incident that occured at Splash in the Boro Waterpark today, Thursday, June 23. Out of respect for the family, we will not release any public information at this time. Splash in the Boro has closed today.
Splash will be closed for the remainder of the day, but plans to reopen on Friday.
Bulloch County Coroner Jake Futch and Statesboro Police Department are investigating the death.
Grice Connect extends our condolences to the Harden family.
Story updated at 4:16 PM on June 23 to include the deceased’s name and cause of death.