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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- A young boy found floating face down in the Splash! Water Park wave pool Friday afternoon has died, Oregon Health and Science University confirmed.
The time and cause of death have not been released.
Willamalane officials said one of their lifeguards dove in and pulled the boy from the pool Friday.
Willamalane public affairs manager Mike Moskovitz said that thanks to the lifeguard’s quick thinking, the young boy left their water park in east Springfield breathing.
Moskovitz said the boy was found in a shallow part of the pool only about a foot deep.
“He pulled the boy out of the water, performed CPR and called 911. The ambulance came and took him to McKenzie Willamette hospital,” said Moskovitz.
After arriving at the local hospital, Moskovitz said the boy was airlifted to Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland.
Officials at the pool are still trying to find out what caused the incident.
“We understand that the boy has had a history of heart problems and also is prone to seizures,” Moskovitz said. “I don't want to speculate as to what actually happened … but we do know that there is a medical history with the boy.”
Moskovitz said it only took about five minutes for the ambulance to arrive and the pool remained open after the incident.
Pool officials said the lifeguards go through extensive training for incidents just like this and have recently won a national award for their performance.