"We waited in the first slide line and I look over - actually I saw it and I saw the first air duct vent come down, ripped off its aluminum," said Austin Fleming, a witness from Cuyahoga Falls. "Everyone started screaming. The first one hit the lifeguard and two other pieces of it went down the wave pool and the basketball hoop."
Kalahari has shut down its pools as investigators and the park work to figure out what happened. Once it intends to reopen, the Ohio Department of Agriculture will inspect the water rides for any ancillary issues.
The indoor water park sent the following statement:
Kalahari Resorts & Conventions’ top priority is the safety and security of our guests. Earlier this afternoon [March 12], there was an isolated incident in the indoor waterpark where a piece of HVAC ductwork fell from the ceiling. At this time, we know that three guests and two associates sustained minor injuries. The guests declined transport and the associates were voluntarily transported for medical care and treated and released. Kalahari’s extensive and thorough safety protocols assisted in identifying the issue and evacuating the waterpark immediately. The waterpark is currently closed, as engineers, staff and officials are on site conducting an investigation to determine what caused the break. The waterpark will re-open when all safety regulations are not only met, but exceeded.