Police investigate child’s drowning

Jun. 16, 2014 @ 02:14 PM

Police continued their investigation Monday in the drowning of a 7-year-old boy who was found floating in an eastern Durham community pool.
“We’ll be looking at all the circumstances and try to ascertain how and why it happened, and look at prevention, too,” Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez said.
The child, identified as Jamarcus Graham of Goldsboro, was pulled Saturday afternoon from the Brightleaf Club pool at 2003 Copper Leaf Parkway, off U.S. 70.
Firefighters from Durham County Fire and Rescue (formerly Bethesda Volunteer Fire Department) administered CPR until they arrived at Duke University Hospital, according to Robert Andrews, district chief of the Fire Department.
“Our focus was on medical care for the child,” Andrews said Monday.
Andrews said the child had a pulse after entering the hospital and was in the intensive-care until Sunday morning, when he died.
“It’s a real emotional event for the firefighters,” Andrews said. “It hits home when you have to take a call like that. But they did an excellent job and gave him the best chance possible.”
The pool had no lifeguard, according to news reports.
The American Red Cross offers these safety tips for swimmers:
- Enroll your child in age-appropriate swim lessons.
- Don’t swim alone.
- Never leave a young child unattended near water, and don’t trust a child’s life to another child.
- Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but don’t rely on the jackets alone.
- Actively supervise kids around water, even if lifeguards are present.
- Stay within arm’s reach of young children and avoid distractions when supervising children around water.
- If a child is missing, check the water first. Seconds count in preventing death or disability.