David Jackson, the 19 year-old St. Louis man that was pulled from the water at Fugitive Beach on Tuesday, August 8, has passed away. He had been in intensive care at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis.
David Jackson, the 19 year-old St. Louis man that was pulled from the water at Fugitive Beach on Tuesday, August 8, has passed away. He had been in intensive care at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis. Though sedated and not fully breathing on his own, he was considered to be making improvements each day, according to family updates. Jackson was later pronounced dead by a nurse practitioner.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol said a former lifeguard and current employee at Fugitive Beach, dove in and pulled Jackson from the water several minutes later. Jackson was a 2016 graduate of St. Louis University High School and a sophomore at Millikin University.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay for medical expenses at gofundme.com/492xr3k. As of this story’s publication, the campaign raised $28,288 of a $30,000 goal in only 7 days. According to the page set up by Mario Thomallari, the funds will be transferred to family management in order to help pay for the medical costs incurred by the incident.
In response to the incident, the owners at Fugitive Beach released several statements via social media. One of the statements listed a change to the requirements for swimmers.
“Starting today (August 11), everyone that goes into the deep water or off the slide jumps must have a flotation device with them,” the release read. Their current policy of children 10-years-old and under wearing a life jacket at all times remains.
The owner of Fugitive Beach released a further statement the same day.
“We have done a lot of changes in the four years we have been open, trying to make it better for everyone, us, employees and you the customers…” the release states. “We learn something all the time and we fail from time to time, but we (are) working on improving these failures.”
The release went on to say the new flotation device rule is “not perfect, but it’s a start.”
The Rolla Daily News reached out to Fugitive Beach ownership for further comment. Under legal advice, they were unable to offer further statements. Owner Mark Kearse did state his ongoing grief for the family and stressed they were in his prayers.