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One child dead due to drowning, another child rescued at Ideal Beach in Elkhart

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ELKHART COUNTY, Ind. (WOWO): One child died and another was rescued at Ideal Beach Water Park in Elkhart.

Police, firefighters and medics were called to the park around 1 p.m. on Friday, June 23.

The preliminary investigation indicates that several boys were swimming at Ideal Beach when two boys, ages 9 and 10, from Elkhart, began to struggle in the water. A lifeguard at the beach saw the 9-year-old and pulled him from the water. Lifeguards administered CPR and revived him. Lifeguards then formed a human chain and found the 10-year-old, identified as Jamal Turpin, underwater. Both boys were transported to Elkhart General Hospital where Turpin later died, according to Indiana Conversation Officers.

The 9-year-old boy who was rescued was last reported to be in fair condition, according to the DNR.

The water park, located on the south shore of Heaton Lake just north of the Indiana Toll Road, was closed Friday but expected to reopen Saturday.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.



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