A tragic scene unfolded Sunday, reported the Virginian-Pilot (click here for source article) – A toddler, just 2 years of age, drowned in the waters of Lakeside Park. Lakeside Park, a city-owned recreational area, has experienced only two such tragedies involving drowning deaths; this being the second.
Reportedly, the young boy ran astray from his family in the early evening hours – some time prior to 6 p.m. After authorities were contacted to assist in locating the lost boy, it was the Firefighting Department that eventually made the unfortunate and heart-wrenching discovery. The young boy was found in the water by the South Norfolk Firefighters and pronounced dead later at the hospital. Efforts to resuscitate the boy sadly proved to be ineffective.
According to a detective working with an ongoing police investigation, at the present time it seems that the incident was “an unfortunate accident” – (said) Detective Gus Mojica, as reported by the Virginian Pilot.
The article goes on to explain that a former director of the city department which oversees recreation activities, said to his knowledge this is the first drowning to take place at Lakeside Park in around a half century.
According to this source provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) (click here for water-related statistics and safety information), males were 3.4 times more likely to die from an unintentional drowning during the year of 2006.
The following reference for the aforementioned statistic can also cited to the following source: (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS) [online]. (2009) [cited 2009 Nov 24]. Available from: URL: http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars”)