Cajun Lagoon water park cleared of wrongdoing in boy’s drowning

The Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office has found no criminal wrongdoing in the July drowning of a 14-year-old boy at Cajun Lagoon water park near Denham Springs, a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Nick Kissner, of Port Allen, drowned July 30 at the park, located off La. 16 between Denham Springs and Watson.

Livingston Parish District 5 firefighters and Sheriff’s Office deputies were called around 1 p.m. about the drowning. Medical personnel tried to revive the youth but were unsuccessful.

Investigators from the state Fire Marshal’s Office also responded to the scene.

The Sheriff’s Office recently completed its investigation and found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing, spokeswoman Lori Steele said.

John Kissner, Nick Kissner’s father, has said his son traveled to the water park with a Sunday school group for a summer party.

John Kissner has blamed the park for his son’s death, saying its waters are too deep and that the park’s structure is too dangerous for children.

A family friend of the park’s owners has said lifeguards were on duty and performed CPR on the boy before medical personnel arrived.

The park shut down the day of the drowning and reopened three days later.

Cajun Lagoon, 32347 La. 16 near Arnold Road, opened in April. It is open Monday through Saturday and offers a $20 admission for adults and $15 for children ages 4 through 12.

The family-oriented park features a man-made lake and offers swimming, water slides and volleyball, among other aquatic activities.

John Kissner and water park officials did not immediately return phone calls for comment Tuesday.