A 2-year-old drowns in Walton County pool on July 4th

Walton County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Keith Brooks said a 2-year-old child drowned in a home pool in Walton County on July 4th.

“They were having a pool party of some sort and the child somehow ended up back in the pool,” Brooks said. “Someone who was off duty from EMS tended to the child and it was transported to Clearview Regional Medical Center were they did get a heartbeat back. The child was then transported to (Children’s Heathcare of Atlanta at) Eggleston, but did not survive.”

Brooks said the death is still under investigation, but preliminary indications are that it was a tragic accident.

“It again shows that you have to mindful with children and pools,” he said. “In the blink of an eye something bad can happen.”

Local agencies continually remind the community of the importance of water safety. Last year, more than 200 Georgians drowned while swimming, boating, playing near water or even taking baths. The state’s water-safety initiative, SPLASH, aims to greatly reduce the number of these deaths and injuries. Click or tap on this link for water safety information through the SPLASH Georgia initiative.

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