A teen was seriously injured at Fun Town Water Park in Crystal Beach, Texas, after a friend dared him to pull up a grate inside a pool and he was sucked into the drainage system. The Texas Department of Insurance said that the property had been operating all summer without proof of an inspection.
Texas Department of Insurance said the water park in Crystal Beach, Texas where a teen was seriously injured has been operating all summer without proof of an inspection, KTRK out of Houston reported.
On August 16, the teen’s parents confirmed to Eyewitness News that it was Caden Strimple, 14, of Port Bolivar, Texas, who was injured at Fun Town Water Park, KTRK reported. Friends and people living on Bolivar Peninsula are pulling for the young man.
“I just hold my boys dearly every night now,” said family friend Christina Cruz. “They could be outside playing, and you never know. A freak accident could happen.”
On August 10, the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office said a friend dared Strimple to pull a grate inside a pool at the water park. By doing so, he got sucked into the drainage system, KTRK reported. He escaped, but suffered serious internal injuries. Strimple was admitted to the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston.
Each day, his father updates family and friends on his condition, KTRK reported. On August 16, he wrote Caden was brought out of an induced coma and did a lot of hand squeezing, which gives a glimmer of hope for a boy that friends say is full of life.
“He loves sports,” Cruz recalled. “I know he plays football, baseball. He loves to fish, as well.”
As for Fun Town Water Park, the Texas Department of Insurance said its inspection expired in May, KTRK reported. The water park hasn’t provided the state with an updated inspection. After multiple attempts for an up-to-date inspection, officials contacted the state attorney general in July.
The Department of Insurance said inspections only cover the rides, not the pool where the teen was hurt, KTRK reported. The sheriff’s office said it’s working with the water park on a solution to fix the grate.
Meanwhile, Fun Town overall is inspected by the Galveston County Health District, KTRK reported. Eyewitness News obtained the latest report, which states there were three violations for a hole in the ladies restroom and a couple concerns over the carpet. Fun Town Water Park didn’t receive any violations for the pool where the teen was hurt.