Toddler Hassan Itani Drowns At Sanudsky Water Park, Kalahari
A 3-year-old child Hassan Itani drowned in an outdoor pool at the Kalahari Water Park Sunday afternoon. The toddler's mother lost sight of her son and called for help. The boy was found dead in three feet of water. The drowning appears to be accidental, no foul play is suspected. Kalahari resort has the world's largest indoor waterpark.
Hassan Itani, of Dearborn, was discovered by a lifeguard in about three feet of water and pulled from the pool. But resuscitation efforts by both resort staff and the Huron Fire Department were unsuccessful, Capt. Paul Sigsworth of the Erie County Sheriff's office said.
Inspectors with the Amusement Ride Safety Division told Kalahari management last May that the park had fewer lifeguards than expected and "many water rides were operated in a careless and unsafe manner."