SW Mo. park where boy drowned reopens

Associated Press - June 26, 2009 5:24 PM ET

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - The water park where a 6-year-old boy drowned two years ago - leading to a change in state insurance laws - has reopened, but not without incident.

The Swimmin' Hole Water Park near Joplin began admitting customers at noon Friday.

Swimmers were banned from entering the water, however, for more than two hours while authorities waited for owner James Burt to provide proof that he had secured a $1 million insurance policy.

6-year-old Ethan Cory drowned at the park in July 2007. Lawmakers passed a bill last session to require private, for-profit water parks outside of city limits to have liability insurance.

Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland said Burt provided the required paperwork around 2:30 p.m. and the park was allowed to operate as normal.

Information from: The Joplin Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com

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