Florida Pool Party Ends in Tragic Death of Three-Year-Old
TAMPA, FL- The nypost.com writes that a 3-year-old died and another child is currently in critical condition as a result of the two being left unattended in a pool during a party. The two children reportedly slipped out of their floaties without anyone noticing.*
The incident took place at a birthday party at about 5 p.m. Reports indicate that both kids were in the shallow end of the pool, and hadfloaties on, but that they somehow managed to get out of the floaties. A neighbor and former lifeguard said he heard screaming and ran to the pool. He helped the parents attempt CPR on the children. The one-child still had a pulse, but the other did not. Emergency responders brought both of the children to the hospital. The authorities do not expect files to be charged in response to the incident.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, accidental drownings kill about 3,536 people every year. The victims are most often children under the age of 14. Non-fatal submersions are even more common, indicating there are a lot of close calls. Even if the victims survive these accidents, they are often left with lasting harm including brain damage.
The highest rates of drownings occur in children between the ages of one and four. The most likely place for this type of accident to occur is at a home swimming pool. Drowning is the second most common cause of death for children aged 1 through 14 following motor vehicle crashes. Young children need to be carefully monitored in the presence of water and should use life vests whenever they are engaged in water activities such as boating.
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