Charleston Co. Parks defends designs following 3-year-old’s drowning

The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission Director, Tom O’Rourke is responding to reactions from the death of 3-year-old Duffy McLemore at the James Island County Park on Saturday, May 14.

O’Rourke says “we don’t feel that any designs of our parks are at fault.” As soon as Duffy was reported missing the staff at the park started the search and then the police were contacted when Duffy wasn’t located. We have requested how much time passed between the search and the call for police.

O’Rourke told News 2 that “the pond (where Duffy drowned) has been next to the playground for 27 years since the park opened. All our parks have water in them, ponds and marshes and water access. It’s part of the beauty of the park system, and we have 2 million visitors per year.”

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There have not been any changes planned for any of the parks following this incident.

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News 2’s Rebecca Collett is looking into this story and will have a full report on News 2 at 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.



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