Child dies at water park

IRVINE, CA – A 12-year-old boy tragically passed away on Saturday afternoon following a medical emergency at Wild Rivers water park in Irvine, California, authorities reported.

Emergency responders, including the Irvine Police Department and local fire officials, rushed to the scene after receiving reports of a child in need of urgent medical assistance. The boy was swiftly transported to a nearby hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Officials have clarified that the incident was not water-related. A spokesperson for Wild Rivers confirmed that the boy experienced a medical emergency near one of the park’s pools. Despite prompt intervention by park staff and emergency services, the boy could not be saved.

“We are deeply saddened to share that an incident occurred today at Wild Rivers. A 12-year-old boy experienced a non-water, but medical-related incident outside one of our pools,” the spokesperson said. “Despite the swift response from our team and emergency services, he sadly passed away later at the hospital. Our hearts go out to the boy’s family and loved ones during this difficult time. We ask that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers.”

The Irvine Police Department has declined to release further details regarding the nature of the medical emergency, citing privacy concerns and ongoing investigations.

Wild Rivers, known as California’s premier water park, features 20 water slides and attractions, including thrill rides, a wave pool, and a lazy river. The park originally opened in July 1986 and underwent an expansion before reopening in 2022.