For their efforts in saving the distressed visitor, the waterpark recently received six American Red Cross Lifesaving Awards and the Virginia Lifeguard Association Dr. Frank Pia Lifesaving Award. The latter recognizes the responders from the most outstanding lifesaving event of the year.
The rescue happened July 3 at Hubba Hubba Highway, a floating water attraction that uses water current to carry patrons around a 1,500-foot man-made river. A shallow water guard, members of Park Operations leadership team and Health Services staff all came to the aid of the guest.
Their knowledge and valor earned them one of the highest awards the American Red Cross gives to an individual or team. The Lifesaving Award is specifically bestowed to those who save or sustain life using skills and knowledge learned in an American Red Cross Health and Safety Services course.
“I’m very proud of the lifesaving measures that were provided by our team,” said Jeff Thomas, vice president of Water Country USA, in a news release.
“This is a testament to the preparation and training that our team undergoes to ensure the safety of our guests.”