Child dies in trip to Wild Rivers water park in Irvine, police say

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

A child who visited an Orange County water park on Saturday has died, police said.

The Irvine Police Department said in a statement that a child at Wild Rivers — a sprawling complex with water slides, pools and other attractions — was taken shortly after 11 a.m. to the hospital and pronounced dead.

No information was available on the identity or age of the child, and police did not detail what led to the child being taken to the hospital.

The death “does not appear” to be “water-related,” Irvine police said.

Wild Rivers reopened in 2022 in a new, larger location at Orange County’s Great Park, with 20 slides and attractions and a large wave pool. The public parkland is leased to Wild Rivers, which shares part of its revenue with the city of Irvine.

The original Wild Rivers water park was open from 1986 to 2011, when it closed to make way for housing development.

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.