An attorney for owners of Splash Zone water park said Tuesday he will not comment about the drowning death of a 7-year-old girl at the park last week, but he did say owners Greg and Kristie Jensen extend their sympathies to the girl’s friends and family.

A patron at Splash Zone pulled Tanyjah Kerrion Hall out of less than 4 feet of water just before 6 p.m. Thursday. The man notified lifeguards and began CPR on the child, who was taken to Integris Bass Baptist Health Center before being flown to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, where she died early Friday.

Attorney David Collins, who was retained by the Jensens, said the water park owners are thinking of Hall’s loved ones.

“Obviously Splash Zone and the Jensens’ hearts go out to Tanyjah’s friends and family,” Collins said. “They have the deepest of sympathies.”

Hall, who apparently couldn’t swim, had been dropped off with several other children at the water park by a babysitter, according to a police report.

A Garfield County Health Department public health specialist said an inspection of the water park Friday evening found a few safety issues, but none were determining factors in the girl’s drowning.

There are no state laws specifically for water parks, but such parks must follow laws regarding public bathing places. The law requires at least one lifeguard be on duty at all times during business hours.

Lifeguards also must complete an advanced course in lifesaving and water safety equivalent to that offered by American Red Cross or YMCA, be at least 16 and have a current lifesaving certificate.

Generally, it’s recommended the pool management provide at least one lifeguard at pool side for each 75 people in the swimming pool, with the determining factors being the type of pool, size of pool, ratio of surface area of deep water to the area of the water and quality of the water.

The man who found the child told Enid police he yelled several times for a lifeguard before getting the attention of one of them. The man also said the lifeguard was watching a water basketball game on the opposite side of the pool, according to the report.

An Enid Police Department spokesman said investigators found no signs of foul play, and the incident was no longer a police matter.

Hall’s mother, Carmelita Franklin, could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

The funeral for Hall will be 11 a.m. Friday at First Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements are by Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home.

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