Action Park: New Jersey’s Favorite Controversial Theme Park

1982 Wave Pool Disaster

A tragic event happened in the wave pool, which was a disaster on its own accord. The tidal wave pool was very popular, with many park goers enjoying their time floating around in the water. Unfortunately, this was a very dangerous pool due to how the operators designed it.

Perfect For Drownings

The operators chose to fill the pool with fresh water instead of salt water. For tide pools like this, salt water is preferred because it makes swimmers more buoyant and less likely to drown. Since the water was all fresh water, it was difficult for swimmers to get over the three-feet-tall waves that crashed over them. On opening day, 100 people needed to be rescued from possible drownings.

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