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Chemical Leak at Six Flags Water Park Puts 31 In Hospital

Over 60 people were decontaminated after chemical leak at Hurricane Harbor Splashdown

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Chemical Leak at Six Flags Sends 31 People To Hospitals

Authorities say over 60 individuals were decontaminated Saturday after being exposed to an airborne chemical release at a Texas water park.

After the incident at Six Flags Harbor Splashdown in Spring, Texas, the park was evacuated. Authorities reportedly took 31 people to be treated at local area hospitals, including a 3-year-old who was “in serious condition.”

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The Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office stated that it was investigating the leak’s source while monitoring air quality at the water park outside of Houston.

Hurricane Harbor Splashdown was evacuated after a chemical leak sent dozens to the hospital. Photo Credit: ABC News

Six Flags spokesperson Sandra Daniels stated in a statement that the water park will be closed for the rest of the day as a precaution.

“A small number of guests in a section of the park reported feeling ill with respiratory irritation,” she said. “The safety of our guests and team members is always our highest priority and the park was immediately cleared as we try to determine a cause.”

  • Dozens of people were hospitalized after a chemical leak at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown outside Houston.
  • After experiencing skin irritation or respiratory difficulties, around 60 people were decontaminated.
  • Although the cause of the leak is still being examined, investigators suspect the chemicals involved were bleach and sulfuric acid.

“What began as a fun family day turned into very much a nightmare for many families,” Judge Lina Hidalgo of Harris County said during a press conference.

She stated that the leak began near a children’s pool, and that a lifeguard was the first to become ill, followed by an increasing number of individuals.

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The incident was responded to by the Harris County Fire Marshal’s HAZMAT team and the pollution control agency. Water and air samples were done, but Hidalgo stated that everything appeared to be within permissible standards.

Hurricane Harbor Chemical Leak Injures Dozens of Park Goers
Park goers were taken to local area hospitals after being exposed to a chemical leak that hospitalized dozens.

According to Hidalgo, investigators are looking into a system that automatically injects chemicals into the water to maintain a pH balance of 7. She did say, however, that when the water samples were examined, they had the correct pH balance.

She stated that a 3 year old child, who was in the “gravest situation” at the time, had now been stablized at the hospital. She also revealed that one of the patients taken to the hospital was a pregnant woman who had reportedly gone into labor.

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Famous Pool Painting Becomes Most Expensive Painting Ever Sold

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Famous Pool Painting Becomes Most Expensive Painting Ever Sold

The current record for most expensive painting ever sold by a living artist belongs to David Hockney. His Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) recently sold for $90,312,500 at an auction conducted by Christie’s. The record-breaking painting is the single most expensive piece of artwork ever sold; that is by an artist that’s still breathing.

Hockney described himself once as “cooler than Warhol, more enduring than Lucien Freud.” The British native made a name for himself in the 1960’s after relocating to Los Angeles. It was in L.A. that he created some of his best known work, paintings featuring realistic depictions of swimming pools and Hollywood architecture.

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Hockney first visited California in January 1964, following a successful first solo exhibition at the John Kasmin gallery. The United States captivated him, particularly Los Angeles, owing to the impact of its modern buildings and Hollywood in general.

The swimming pool was a constant topic in Hockney’s paintings after he created California Art Collector in 1964, including Peter Getting Out of Nick’s Pool (1966, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool), and most memorably A Bigger Splash (1967, Tate Gallery). Between 1968 and 1977, he created a number of double portraits, such as American Collectors (Fred and Marcia Weisman) (1968, Art Institute of Chicago), Mr. and Mrs. Clark, and Percy (1971, Tate Gallery).

The swimming pool and the double portrait, two of Hockney’s subjects from his paintings from the late 1960s and early 1970s, are combined in the piece ‘Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)’. It shows a man swimming breaststroke underwater while wearing white trunks, while another is shown standing at the pool’s edge wearing full clothing and gazing down at the swimmer. The scene of the artwork is southern France, close to Saint-Tropez. With a view of hills covered in trees in the backdrop, the foreground is flattened and simplified in typical Hockney fashion.

A chance meeting of two photographs—one of a man swimming underwater, shot in California in 1966, and the other of a man standing and staring at the ground—that Hockney saw on his studio floor served as the inspiration for the composition. When compared, it seemed as though the person standing was staring at the swimmer.

Hockney said of the painting, “I must admit I loved working on that picture, […] working with such intensity; it was marvelous doing it, really thrilling”

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The sale history of that particular painting is interesting in itself. In 1972, James Astor and his wife purchased the picture for $18,000, which would be worth $117,000 in 2021. It was sold again six months later for $50,000, which would be $324,000 in 2021. American billionaire David Geffen bought it in 1983, then in 1995, he sold it to British billionaire Joe Lewis for an undisclosed sum.

When asked by CBC Radio, why Hockney started painting swimming pools, he replied:

‘In England, a swimming pool would have been seen as a sign of luxury, because the climate in England is not very good for outdoor pools. But in Southern California, it’s not — they’re simply everywhere because you can enjoy them year-round.’

‘The first place I lived, I rented a small apartment with an outdoor swimming pool. I mean, I didn’t own the pool, but nevertheless it was there.’

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Infinity Pool Collapse Injures Guests

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An infinity pool collapsed and injured a newlywed couple at a luxury Caribbean resort hotel. Reports indicate that the swimming pool collapsed unexpectedly, leading them to be swept out to sea.

Jelizaveta and Gavin Jones of Colindale, London, were on their $13,000 honeymoon at the five-star Sandals Royal Curaçao hotel when the incident occurred. Curaçao police claimed at least 12 people were injured, including the bride, who sustained ‘horrific injuries’ when the walls of the sea-facing pool caved in on Thursday.

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Jelizaveta Jones, 29, reportedly sustained ‘horrific injuries’ when the infinity pool at the Sandals Royal Curaçao hotel suddenly collapsed as she was swimming. The bride and her husband Gavin, along with 20 other vacationers in the pool, were washed out to sea.

Mrs Jones, 29, a sales professional for a US software firm, told news sources:

‘I was facing my husband, talking to him in the pool. Then I saw him go under first, then maybe five seconds later, I went. I was stuck beneath the water.’

‘I couldn’t think, I couldn’t breathe. It was all happening very quickly, there was no warning.’

‘I was trying to get up to the surface for some air, but the current was too strong. I couldn’t do anything.’

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According to local media, Curaçao police stated after their initial inquiry that the glass cracked because there were too many people in the pool during a party.

‘We’d only been in the resort less than 24 hours and were having a few drinks,’ claimed Mr Jones, 44, a bar and nightclub owner.

‘I was standing with my back to the sea, talking to my wife, when one of the panels in the middle of the pool suddenly vanished.’

‘The weight of the sea carried myself, Elizabeth, and many other individuals about 30 yards down the beach.’

The hotel had just recently opened in June, with one of its primary selling features being a bi-level infinity pool with views of both the mountains and the surrounding coast.

A spokesperson for Sandals Resorts International released a statement: ‘Thankfully, there were only a small number of guests in the pool at the time.

‘Our resort team worked quickly to ensure all were provided with immediate support and medical attention, including an evaluation by local medical professionals and treatment for any guest who required it.

‘There is nothing more important to Sandals Resorts than the safety of our guests and we remain in contact with guests affected should there be any further support required.’

The swimming pool continues to remain closed at the resort for repairs. While the incident remains under investigation, this certainly isn’t an isolated one when it comes to glass panel pools.

Glass panel infinity pool failure in rooftop condominium pool.

Certainly not the first attention-grabbing pool failure we’ve seen this year. The incident was reminiscent of a similar situation that occurred in a 5th-floor rooftop infinity pool in Whampoa a few years back. Officials said that either a design or construction flaw of that swimming pool caused the pool walls to collapse and the glass panels to suddenly give way.

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Tesla Pool – Automaker Adds Swimming Pool To Charger Station

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Tesla Swimming Pool

One of the primary reasons consumers opt to purchase a Tesla is the robust availability of convenient charging stations. Recently, the automaker has experimented with adding amenities to its charging stations. New cube lounges at a Supercharger station in Germany come equipped with automated coffee, food, and more. Tesla is also adding other options and fun activities for drivers to enjoy while they wait for their vehicles to charge. The newest amenity they’re currently experimenting with is an above ground swimming pool.

A clip of the pool being installed prior to launch was shared with news sources.

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The swimming pool can be used by up to 4 people at a time for 10 minutes, giving folks just enough time to change into their swim suits and enjoy a quick dip while their vehicle charges. There are even Tesla-branded beach balls to play with while they’re swimming in the shipping container style above ground pool.

This promotional popup will open at the Tesla charging station in Hilden, Germany; which incidentally is one of the largest in the country with 40 chargers and 8 superchargers. The pool will be open from Thursday until Sunday. Tesla owners can drop in for a swim from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

What do you think about this idea? Is this something you’d like to see in the United States? Sound off in the comments and let us know.

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