“Believe it or not, there are still accidents in this society of ours, everything is not criminalized yet,” he said. “I am very satisfied with their investigation.”
No state regulations exist to oversee Land of Illusion because the recreation area is located on a pond and not another type of water area, an investigation by this news outlet found. State and local agencies regulate nearly every other type of water recreation area in Ohio, from splash pads to municipal swimming pools to beaches.
Last month, Ohio Rep. Thomas Hall, R-Madison Twp., introduced a bill that would require rules governing the safety of swimmers on manmade ponds, lakes, or other similar bodies of water.
Hall introduced House Bill 457 into the 134th General Assembly regular session. The bill is co-sponsored by Reps. Andrea White, R-Kettering, Jean Schmidt, R-Loveland, Adam Bird, R-New Richmond and Sharon Ray, R-Wadsworth.
“We need to do whatever we can to keep this from happening again,” Hall said at the time. “This is extremely personal to me.”
The goal, he said, is to keep similar drownings from ever happening by correcting the regulatory gap.
The next step for the bill is to be assigned to an Ohio House committee.
Two days after the drowning, the water park hired an independent investigator to undertake an assessment and gap analysis of the park’s health and safety policies, procedures and programs, it said in a release.
The investigation, conducted by Dan Wood of Industrial Safety Services of Ohio, revealed no violations of law or regulations during the drowning.
Staff Writer Lauren Pack contributed to this report.