By SUE SUCHYTA
MILFORD – A fall from an aquatic park structure at Camp Dearborn July 6 resulted in the death of 10-year-old Carson Dunn of Wixom in what is being called a tragic accident.
The aquatic park, called “Ripping the Waters,” is operated by a third-party vendor at Camp Dearborn, 1700 General Motors Road, Milford. The park itself is owned by the city of Dearborn.
The aquatic park structure has been moved from its former location, and is currently closed to guests, Dearborn Fire Chief Joseph Murray said.
Michigan State Police troopers, who are investigating, said that about 6 p.m. July 6, Dunn fell from the floating structure, which is situated in the lake.
Investigators said the boy may have lost his footing and fell. A lifeguard responded immediately, and pulled him out of the water, but he was unresponsive.
He was taken to the beach, where cardiopulmonary resuscitation was initiated.
When Milford firefighters arrived, they found a carotid pulse, so they rushed him to a nearby hospital; however, further lifesaving efforts were unsuccessful.
An autopsy was performed July 7, but the results had not been released as of press time.
A GoFundMe page to cover the funeral costs had raised more than $11,000 of the $15,000 goal by July 7.
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. July 12 at Stark Funeral Professionals, 101 S. Washington St., Ypsilanti, with funeral services at 11 a.m. July 13 at Bethesda Bible Church, 1800 Huron St., Ypsilanti.
Dunn leaves his mother, Carly Burgess, and three siblings. He was a student at Country Oaks Elementary School in Commerce Charter Township, which is part of the Huron Valley School District. He reportedly enjoyed playing basketball.
The Dearborn mayor and City Council expressed their deepest sympathy to the family in a press release Thursday, and said the city will do everything it can to support the Michigan State Police investigation.