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Here’s The Scoop … Tragedy At The July 4th Event … A Rescue Demonstration Turns Into The Real Deal … Updated …

July 4, 2011 by Barbara

Dear Readers …this writer heard that as the VFD was set to do their scheduled July 4th sea rescue demonstration it turned from a rescue demonstration into a real sea rescue that involved three children …Two were rescued and the third we are told was spotted by the BSO helicopter …Tragically it was too late for the seven year old … Below is the 1st Sentinel two reports from online… Channel 10 news came on scene later on as well….We are also told that both the VFD and the BSO did a very commendable job on such an active and busy day in LBTS…

‘Boy reportedly drowns at beach during Lauderdale-by-the-Sea July 4 event

5:47 p.m. EDT, July 4, 2011
A 7-year-old boy has reportedly drowned while swimming on the beach at Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Monday afternoon in the midst of a July 4 celebration.

The incident happened about 3:40 p.m. at El Prado Park on the 4500 block of North Avenue, town spokesman Steve d’Oliveira said. The boy, who has not yet been identified, was transported to a local hospital where he died about 5 p.m., d’Oliveira said.

Broward County Sheriff’s Office
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D’Oliveira said the Broward County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. A Sheriff’s spokeswoman could not be immediately reached Monday evening.

The town was holding a Fourth of July celebration at the beach, featuring two giant waterslides from noon to 4 p.m. and a skim boarding competition from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., according to an event flyer. A sea rescue demonstration was scheduled from 3 p p.m. to 3:30 p.m., the flyer said.

It is unclear what was happening at the exact time of the drowning’

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/broward/fl-lauderdale-by-sea-drowning-20110704,0,5157913.story

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‘Boy drowns at beach during Lauderdale-by-the-Sea July 4 event

6:07 p.m. EDT, July 4, 2011

A 7-year-old boy drowned while swimming on the beach at Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Monday afternoon in the midst of a July 4 celebration.

The boy, who has not been identified, apparently drowned in the ocean about 3:30 p.m. during a holiday family gathering at El Prado Park on the 4500 block of North Avenue, officials said.

The drowning happened just before a planned rescue demonstration, so lifeguards, volunteer firefighters and American Medical Response were on scene when a lifeguard noticed several children in distress in the water, Broward Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Dani Moschella said.

After safely retrieving several children, the rescue workers realized one boy was still missing, Moschella said.

A BSO helicopter pilot immediately responded and located the boy in the water. He was transported to Holy Cross Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Homicide detectives are investigating.

The town was holding a Fourth of July celebration at the beach, featuring two giant waterslides from noon to 4 p.m. and a skim boarding competition from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., according to an event flyer.’

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/broward/fl-lauderdale-by-sea-drowning-20110704,0,5157913.story

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