Photos of Nine Mile Ranch's man-made lake and of the park's "Swim at Your Own Risk" Sign, courtesy of Nine Mile Ranch.
Another person has drowned at Nine Mile Ranch water park in Dayton, Texas. A year and two weeks after the tragic death of a young man named Timothy, a four-year-old boy was reported missing and then found at the bottom of the man-made lake. His parents had been searching for him for half an hour, even using the park's PA system to try and get his attention, before first responders found him on the bottom of the lake.
This latest death at Nine Mile Ranch is very similar to a case our firm is handling on behalf of Timothy's mother against Nine Mile Ranch. Timothy's mother, troubled about a lack of safety guidelines at Nine Mile Ranch, initially hired us to investigate her son's death. We found that the park lacked basic safety features, including any markers to indicate where the normally shallow water becomes very deep to allow for diving off a platform. Based on the outcome of our investigation, she asked us to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the water park.
The family of the drowning victim is probably going through some incredibly troubling times. The loss of a child is never acceptable. While the grieving process takes time, it is our opinion that a person can't complete the grieving process without answers. An investigation into this victim's death, such as the one we conducted into Timothy's death last year, will help the parents get answers to their questions. It will help them determine if the water park was liable for his death and if they should pursue a wrongful death case against the water park. Grief can immobilize a person, however the sooner you act after a drowning, the higher the likelihood of you being able to prevent crucial evidence from being destroyed or thrown away. And you'll also get the answers to your pressing questions sooner than if you wait to begin investigating.
With few safeguards in place, Nine Mile Ranch is not the idyllic summer fun spot it advertises to be. Two deaths in the span of 54 weeks is two deaths too many, in our book, and raises alarms about whether the water park has taken any steps to ensure the safety of its visitors. We are saddened by this latest tragedy at the water park and are keeping this young boy's family in our thoughts and prayers.