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A man drowned at a Washington waterpark, and witnesses said lifeguards stood around


You know, you're a lifeguard, and I think they need to take that a little more seriously.
Former lifeguard Brad Lampman

On Saturday night, a man drowned at a Wild Waves Theme Park pool near Seattle. There were lifeguards on duty, but witnesses said they weren't even watching until it was too late.

South King Fire and Rescue, the local emergency services department, arrived at 5:33 p.m. Saturday, but the man did not regain consciousness.

You could see the lifeguards were doing everything in their power to try to save this guy.
Mike Binder, witness.

But other witnesses said the lifeguards worked as hard as they could, telling Q13Fox they saw lifeguards performing chest compressions for "10 minutes." Others said lifeguards struggled to get the man out of the pool.

But another witness said she was ignored when she tried to tell a lifeguard.

Do you think lifeguards don't take their jobs seriously enough?

It's been a dangerous year at theme parks so far. A boy was killed by an alligator at a Disney resort earlier this summer, and a 12-year-old boy died on the world's largest water slide in Kansas in August. And a Scottish roller coaster derailed in June, injuring 11 people on board.

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