Broward County

2-year-old drowns during Fourth of July celebration

A 2-year-old boy died Wednesday morning after wandering into a Pembroke Pines pool and drowning during a Fourth of July party.

The boy, who attended the party with his mother and siblings, was discovered submerged in the water after being there for an unknown amount of time, Pembroke Pines Police said Wednesday.

Police and Pines Fire Rescue responded to the Pines Village neighborhood at about 7:12 p.m. Fire Rescue members gave the child CPR before he was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital.

Despite “all life-saving efforts,” the boy died hours later. No charges have been filed, police say. Police did not identify the boy.

In 2013, Florida had the highest rate of drowning deaths of children under 5 in the country, with a drowning rate of 7.54 per 100,000 population, according to the Florida Department of Health.

Following the death, Pines police issued the following warning to parents:

“Florida has the unfortunate distinction of having the highest number of child-drowning deaths in the nation. Parents are encouraged to take extra care as it relates to children and water safety. If you have a pool, live near a lake, or are visiting a location with access to a large body of water, make sure that your child is supervised at all times.”

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