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11-year-old boy dead in accident at Iowa theme park

A child has died after a boat overturned during a theme park ride in Altoona, Iowa, over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Six people were riding together on the Raging Rivers attraction at Adventureland Park on Saturday when their raft overturned, according to the theme park’s Facebook page. Four people were injured in the accident, one minor injury and three others who were in critical condition, both the park and Altoona police said.

An 11-year-old boy identified as Michael Jaramillo died from his injuries, the Altoona Police Department said Monday. Another minor remains in critical condition following the accident.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Jaramillo family as they navigate the heartbreaking loss of their child,” the police statement said.

Adventureland posted an update to its Facebook page on Monday announcing the death and adding that the park is cooperating with authorities.

“At this time, we ask for your thoughts and prayers for the Guest and their family, as well as for our team members who were onsite,” the park said.

The cause of the accident is unknown, though the ride remains closed amid the investigation into what happened. Adventureland said the Raging Rivers attraction was inspected as recently as Friday and no issues were found at the time.

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