Girl, 8, drowns in Cherry Hill pool

August 13, 2006|By NICK SHIELDS

An 8-year-old girl drowned yesterday afternoon at a Baltimore pool, authorities said.

City officials received a call about 3:30 p.m. about a girl who was not breathing at Cherry Hill Splash Park in the 100 block of Reedbird Ave., authorities said.

Lifeguards pulled the girl out of the water and performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation until paramedics arrived, Department of Parks and Recreation officials said.

About 3:50 p.m., after CPR efforts failed, emergency crews took the girl across the street to Harbor Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, authorities said. Her name was not released last night.

The drowning was the second at a Parks and Recreation Department pool this year. In June, before city pools had opened for the summer, a 7-year-old boy drowned when he fell into the Central Rosemont pool, apparently after climbing a fence.

At the time of yesterday's drowning, the staff at the pool included a Baltimore police officer, three lifeguards and a pool manager, parks officials said.

"We have many eyes in the area, and it certainly should have been a safe swimming environment," said Portia Harris, associate director of the parks department.

About 25 people were in the pool area at the time of the drowning, she said.

The pool is scheduled to be open today, Harris said.

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