Wednesday, May 20, 2009

5-year-old Boy Died in Drowning Accident

Safety measures must always be taken, wherever and whenever we are, especially if there are children around, as accidents may happen when it is least expected.

Last Sunday, a 5-year-old boy died after a drowning incident. The accident happened when Malachi Gardner was being babysat by his grandmother at a home in Winecreek Court. He was from New Bern, North Carolina and was just visiting San Diego along with his parents and his younger sister.

According to sheriff’s Sgt. Greg Rylaarsdam, at around 7:30 p.m., Gardner’s grandmother found him in the deep side of the pool. Being unable to swim, she jumped into the swimming pool and tried very hard to get the child out. However, she wasn’t able to reach him.

A neighbor pulled the boy from the pool after the woman screamed and ran for help. Sheriff’s deputies and emergency personnel arrived and performed CPR on Gardner, who was said to be breathing, at one point, on his own.

The boy was taken to Pomerado Hospital and later on, was transferred to Rady Children’s Hospital where he lost his life Sunday at about 6:30 a.m.

It’s not clear whether negligence played a part in the incident. However, if Gardner had been properly guarded and if preventive measures had been taken, this shouldn’t have happened in the first place.