It's summertime at Cowabunga Bay, a massive and popular water park filled with slides, rides, and a sprawling 33,000-square-foot wave pool where bathers and floaters get jostled, splashed and dunked by waves as high as four feet.
Six-year-old Leland Gardner was thrilled to visit the park with a classmate and the other boy's father on May 27, 2015.
By all accounts, Leland was a bundle of energy who couldn't wait to visit the park. But, something went terribly wrong, and Leland's life changed forever.
"They were all together in the shallow end of the wave pool," said Gardner family attorney Samuel Mirkovich. "When the waves started to go, Leland was knocked off his tube, and we believe went under, and he was under for minutes."
By the time Leland's near-lifeless body was pulled from the water by a lifeguard, he was about 100 yards away, in the deep end of the pool... Read More