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Teen drowns in pool after hitting head

Although we often think of swimming fatalities in pools with relation to young children, a variety of factors can combine to cause deaths among older kids and even adults. A Florida boy was killed in a drowning accident at a swimming pool in Shalimar, Florida, on Aug. 7, according to local news reports. The boy was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola after the incident. He was declared dead at about 11 p.m., according to officials.

The teen may have been underwater for as long as two minutes, ample time to suffer serious brain damage because of oxygen deprivation. The boy was having a party with several other friends, who found him unconscious at the bottom of the pool. At first, they thought he was pulling a prank, but they soon realized their error and called for emergency help. It appears the teen was floating on a raft in the deep end of the pool shortly before the incident. Investigators think he struck his head on the side of the pool, based on a cut that was located near the boy's temple.

The boy was set to begin his junior year at a local high school, where he played percussion in the band. School administrators have opened the band office for students who need to talk about the incident with professional counselors. The community has rallied around the victim's family, describing the boy as a passionate musician and kind child.

If your relative has died or been injured because of someone else's negligence at a swimming pool, you could also recover compensation. You could receive money to pay for medical bills, pain and suffering, emotional distress, funeral costs and a variety of other claims. Contact a qualified personal injury attorney today to find out more about your pool-related premises liability claims.

Source: www.nwfdailynews.com, "Teen drowns in pool accident" Angel McCurdy, Aug. 08, 2013

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