Daytona Beach Shores police confirmed a two-year-old boy drowned at a hotel pool yesterday shortly after noon. The boy was apparently surrounded by many people in the pool, but went undetected underwater for nine minutes.
The boy was whisked out of the pool and transported to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Florida where he was declared dead.
According to police, the case remains under investigation.
The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports six other drowning cases involving children under four have occurred this year in family swimming pools in Volusia County.
The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission just released its 2011 summer snapshot of drowning and near-drowning deaths across America, which reports that since Memorial Day there have been 48 drowning fatalities and 75 near-drowning accidents in 35 states across the country. Of those states, Florida ranks second with 13 total incidents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that drowning is the second leading cause of death amongst children under the age of 14.
A swimming fatality at a hotel, community, school or public pool needs to be investigated by qualified lawyers and investigators immediately. Similarly, a drowning at a neighbor’s home are frequently litigated as many communities hold homeowners responsible for safety precautions such as child access gates to prevent such events. If you feel you have an event worth investigating, call our firm immediately toll-free 866-608-5529.
When careless actions by the owners of a pool facility are carried out, tragic drowning accidents can occur to people of all ages. If you feel a negligent situation lead to the death of your loved one, contact Whittel & Melton for a free consultation to discuss the circumstances surrounding your case. We will work to establish whether the details you provide pinpoint a negligent party and then work towards gathering evidence to prove who is responsible for your family’s suffering.
If you or someone you care for has been the victim of a drowning incident anywhere in Florida, contact the Florida Drowning Fatality Attorneys at the Law Offices of Whittel & Melton, LLC online or call 1-866-608-5LAW (5529).