Ill waterpark owner fails to find investors, descends tower

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CANDIA, N.H. (AP) — The owner of a New Hampshire waterpark who chained himself to a slide tower 17 days ago to try to prevent the park's auction has ended his quest because of failing health and the lack of a financial savior.

Kevin Dumont climbed the slide at Liquid Planet on Nov. 9 in a bid to attract investors interested in saving the business.

He said Wednesday on Facebook there were no takers and that a doctor believes he is developing pneumonia.

He told supporters he's ending the bid "with profound sadness."

After years of financial struggle, the bank called his loan and will auction off Liquid Planet on Wednesday. A GoFundMe page raised just $1,665 toward $1 million goal, and interest from four potential investors didn't lead to a rescue.