Boy pulled unresponsive from pool while at party


A 9-year-old boy at a private pool party with about a dozen other people around nearly drowned Sunday.

The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office says they and the Shorewood police were called to a residence on Peach Circle in Shorewood around 3:15 p.m.

The boy had been found unresponsive in the residential swimming pool.

He was taken to Children's Hospital, and his condition wasn't known, according to the release.

2 pool drownings in Minnesota this year

According to DNR data sent to BringMeTheNews, there have been an estimated 12 non-boating drownings in Minnesota in 2016, as of June 13.

Only two of those occurred in constructed pools – one at a hotel pool in St. Louis County on Feb. 28, where an adult was found unresponsive; the other happened May 22, when a 4-year-old playing unsupervised in an indoor apartment pool was found unresponsive.

Silent drownings

While the exact circumstances in this case aren't known, the sheriff's office included a warning about the silence of drownings.

Victims, while drowning, can't cry out for help. And it's not always easy to tell when someone is in distress in the water, the sheriff's office says.

With children who aren't swimmers, it can take just 30-45 seconds for them to go under, and nearly 9 in 10 youth drownings happen while the child is being supervised.

The best way to avoid it? Wearing a life jacket, the sheriff's office says.

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