Great America drowning ruled accidental

A Santa Clara Police Department spokesman confirmed today that no charges would be filed against the mother of 4-year-old Carlos Alejandro Flores in connection with his July drowning at the Great America amusement park.

Carlos drowned in 2 feet of water on July 12 while playing in the “Great Barrier Reef’’ wave pool attraction at the park while his mother reportedly sat some distance away on the attraction’s beach.

“The District Attorney’s Office decided not to file any charges against any individual involved,’’ Santa Clara Police Lt. Michael Sellers said. Sellers termed the death an “unfortunate accident.’’

Carlos’ death prompted investigations by the Santa Clara Police Department and the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health as well as legislation by State Sen. Elaine Alquist, D-San Jose, which would regulate the operation of wave pools including requiring life vest and adult supervision of small children. The Legislature will take up Alquist’s bill next year.

Carlos was not wearing a life vest at the time of his drowning. Great America reopened the wave pool approximately six weeks after the drowning with new rules requiring all children under 48 inches tall to wear life jackets.

— Bay City News

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