Hurricane Plunge water slide death investigated

Published 8:09 am Tuesday, November 9, 2010

BROOKLYN PARK — Hennepin County investigators are focused on a three-story water slide as they look into the death of a teenager at a Brooklyn Park water park.

The 17-year-old Champlin boy was found unconscious at the bottom of the Hurricane Plunge ride Saturday. The slide sends riders down a tube at up to 45 mph before they land in a bowl, get a final spin and are dumped into an eight-foot-deep pool.

Former Grand Rios Water Park lifeguard Benjamin Cramer says swimmers frequently become confused underwater when they emerge from the slide.

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The Star Tribune says the Hennepin County Water Patrol is investigating.