A New York family vacationing at the Summer Bay Resort near Orlando, Florida lost a child in a tragic drowning this week.
The Orlando Sentinel reports that the four-year-old boy was at the resort pool with his grandmother and other children around midnight. The grandmother took the other children to the bathroom and approximately three minutes later returned to find the boy underwater. Lake County deputy sheriffs and paramedics who arrived on the scene were not able to resuscitate the child.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the second-leading cause of injury-related death among children under the age of 15. Florida is one of 10 states where drowning surpasses all other causes of death to children age 14 and under. Most young children who drown are out of sight less than five minutes, and in the care of one or both parents at the time. Barriers, such as pool fencing, can help prevent children from gaining access to the pool area without caregivers’ awareness. In 2007, there were 3,443 fatal unintentional drownings in the United States, averaging ten deaths per day.