Urgent investigation after 14-year-old's waterpark death

A 14-year-old girl’s death at an Ohio waterpark has prompted new questions about regulations for local amusement parks.
2:25 | 07/22/21

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The urgent investigation into Ohio water park tragedy that left a 14-year-old girl dead. Sparking new questions about what kind of regulations are in place for local amusement parks. Trevor Ault joins us now with the latest. Good morning, Trevor. Reporter: Good morning, Michael. Witnesses tell us this young girl was playing at that Ohio water park when she accidentally fell into the water without a life jacket and nobody could find her to pull her out for half an hour. Now, authorities are trying to figure out who is responsible. This morning, authorities are investigating the tragic death of 14-year-old mykiara Jones after she was pulled from the water at an Ohio amusement park. There is a 14-year-old girl went underwater without a life jacket and she never came back up. Reporter: Officials say mykiara was found in open water eight feet deep at land of illusion near Dayton not wearing a life vest even though the park's website says they're required due to the deep waters. Witnesses say friends, family and lifeguards were unable to spot her. It was pure chaos when the lifeguard did come over. He was yelling, trying to get other lifeguards and it took time for him to get people's attention. How long has she been down there? We've been looking for like 12 minutes now. Reporter: The sheriff's office says the park is fully cooperating. We assume they had lifeguards. Don't know. She definitely did not have a life jacket on at the time. Reporter: Fatal drownings can happen in as little as 20 seconds and authorities say mykiara was under quarter for about 30 minutes before she was pulled out. Rescue workers immediately performing cpr but she did not there is next to no federal regulation of small amusement parks. Oversight instead happening in a patchwork system that varies from state to state and this is not the first amusement park tragedy in recent weeks. Earlier this month 11-year-old Michael jaramilla killed. The park did not respond to our request for comment and remain closed in the wake of this incident. Some states do not allow them to investigate amusement parks but Ohio does. An investigation under way. Cecilia. We turn to the deep sea debate over what to call shark

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