Twelve-year-old boy dies at water park

IRVINE, CA – On Saturday afternoon, a 12-year-old boy tragically died at Wild Rivers water park in Irvine, California, following what is being described as a “medical-related incident.” Fire services and local authorities, including the Irvine Police Department, swiftly responded to a call that a child required urgent medical assistance at the establishment.

Unfortunately, despite paramedics rushing the child to the hospital, he ultimately passed away because of his health condition. The exact nature of the medical emergency has not been released to the public.

A spokesperson for Wild Rivers confirmed the unfortunate incident, stating the young boy experienced “a non-water, but medical related incident” at the water park. They stressed that the tragedy did not transpire in the pool but rather somewhere outside of it. They noted the immediateness and efficiency of the response from both their team and emergency services, expressing deep sorrow at the outcome.

The Wild Rivers spokesperson added: “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.”

At present, the Irvine Police Department has decided not to further comment on the specific details surrounding the incident.

Wild Rivers, considered one of California’s leading water parks, offers a wide variety of attractions. These range from 20 water slides and a wave pool to more leisurely alternatives such as a lazy river. The park, which initially opened in July 1986, has recently undergone an expansion and reopened in 2022.