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6-year-old boy dies in Nebraska wave pool

 July 1, 2023

A 6-year-old boy who nearly drowned at Fun-Plex on Sunday afternoon has tragically passed away.

Omaha Police confirmed the boy's death around noon on Wednesday. The family had expressed hope for a miracle following the incident, but unfortunately, the boy showed no brain activity.

The Support

The mother has created a GoFundMe page to help cover funeral expenses and transport the boy's body to their home in Sioux City, Iowa. The heartfelt post on the fundraising page mentioned that the boy, named Kidus, was a twin.

"He was a sweet 6 year old, our first son, a twin to his sister, and everything to our family," the boy’s mother, Makda Gebre, wrote on the site. "We are devastated."

The Rescue Attempt

The Omaha Police Department received a call to the water park, located near 70th and Q streets, shortly before 3:00 p.m. on Sunday after the boy was discovered underwater in the wave pool.

Lifesaving measures were immediately initiated, and he was transported to CHI Health-CUMC-Bergan Mercy. Later, he was transferred to Children's Hospital.

The Company's Statement

Fun-Plex, in response to the tragic event, released a statement on Wednesday afternoon expressing their deep sadness and offering their condolences to the family.

The statement emphasized that Fun-Plex's top priority, throughout its four decades of operation, has always been to provide a safe environment for every individual visiting the park.

“We are deeply saddened, and our thoughts are with the family during this very difficult time," the park said in a statement.

"Our primary focus throughout our 40 years in business is to provide a safe environment for every person who walks through our gates. On behalf of everyone at Fun-Plex, we offer our heartfelt condolences," it added.

The Future

Following the incident, Fun-Plex made the decision to close the water park, which has remained closed since Sunday. They previously announced that the closure would continue through Wednesday.

The park's closure serves as a reflection of the somber circumstances and a focus on supporting the family during this incredibly difficult time.

The waterpark plans to enhance and review safety measures in every effort to ensure a similar situation never happens again.