August 27, 2014
An inquiry into the drowning death of a four-year-old boy at an amusement park wave pool continues as the boy's family and friend's prepare for his memorial service.
The boy, Carlos Alejandro Flores, drowned Thursday in the Great Barrier Reef wave pool at the Great America amusement park in Santa Clara.
Carlos' mother, Yolanda Flores, told the San Jose Mercury News that her son had played in the pool for two hours when he took a break.
Flores said was sitting poolside in a chair when he went back into the pool and that she lost sight of him a few minutes later.
Flores has criticized Great America for having only four life guards on duty for the 350,000-gallon pool. The park maintains that six lifeguards were on duty.
The park has closed the pool indefinitely while investigators with the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration and local police investigated the circumstances of Carlos' death.
The boy's funeral is scheduled for Tuesday.