OAKLAND PARK, Fla. (WSVN) — Officials are investigating why a young boy died after drowning in a South Florida apartment complex’s swimming pool.
A 7-year-old boy and his father were attending a barbecue by pool of an apartment complex along Northeast 41st Street, Sunday evening.
Residents were gathered around pool and young kids were swimming at the event. At some point, the boy began drowning. “From my window I saw the family trying to give CPR to the little boy,” said neighbor Rick Izquierdo. “When I saw that right away I took my wife’s cell phone and I start calling 911.”
According to police, the boy’s father jumped into the water and took the boy out. He then began CPR on his son before paramedics arrived. “[Father] jumped in right away, started doing CPR, trying to save his son,” said Keyla Concepcion of the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
Oakland Park Fire Rescue transported the boy to Holy Cross Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
Residents who live in the complex are stunned at the drowning.
“It’s really sad,” said Shentell Nelson.
Nelson has a 3-year-old son and advises adults to pay attention to surroundings. “It is shocking, especially if there’s kids around, you should always be alert and try to focus on what’s going on.”
Nelson said swimming lessons are a must for children. “I thinks that’s one step that you really need to train your child to do at a young age,” she said.
According to residents at the party, there were a lot of people around when it happened and a lot of screaming, trying to get control of the situation. “I didn’t see what happened, I don’t know what happened because earlier before that everything was OK,” said a resident. “Every kid was jumping in the pool, back and forth, jump in, go eat, come back, so I don’t know how this happened to him, because we pay attention to him and tell him stop jumping.”
Authorities have not released the name of the victim.
BSO is looking into the circumstances surrounding the drowning.
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