Girl critically injured in near drowning at Derby water park

DERBY, Kan. A 9-year-old child suffers critical injuries in a near-drowning reported at the Rock River Rapids Aquatic Park in Derby.

Derby City Manager Kathy Sexton says this happened about 6:45 p.m., a little before the park closed. She says a lifeguard saw the girl in distress in the lap pool, but couldn't say what led up to the near-drowning.

Sexton says managers at the water park performed CPR on the girl. She says the girl was with her family, now at the hospital with her.

Sexton says the water park's staff is highly trained and there were more than 30 staff members working at the time of the incident.

On its Facebook page, the City of Derby calls the incident "a water rescue." The city says "since the park opened in 2004, there have been no serious incidents."

"Rock River Rapids lifeguards are trained for situations like this and can be commended for their quick response," the city says.

It says the water park canceled its evening classes, but will be open at 12:30 p.m. Friday.