DAYTONA BEACH (CBSMiami/AP) – The father of a six-year-old boy who drowned at a Daytona Beach water park said he only looked away for a moment.
Lamar Farrell says Kaiden Lawson was playing in the wave pool at Daytona Lagoon with his 9-year-old brother on Saturday when the waves started. Farrell says he looked away briefly to tend to a younger son and when he looked back, he only saw the older boy.READ MORE: South Florida Playing Pivotal Role In Transformation Of Psychedelics As Mainstream Medicine
Farrell said he thought Kaiden had gotten out of the water and was searching for him.READ MORE: Parkland parents furious following Texas elementary school shooting: ‘They failed our kids again’
A doctor who was at the wave pool helped try to revive the boy while paramedics were on their way, but the efforts were unsuccessful.
In an official statement on the park’s Facebook page, Daytona Lagoon manager Tyler Currie called the child’s death “a tragedy that leaves us all with heavy hearts.”MORE NEWS: Environmental advocates who say Biscayne Bay is dying to gather Wednesday to find solutions
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