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Here’s The Scoop … Further Updates On July 4th Tragedy In Lauderdale-By-The-Sea …

July 4, 2011 by Barbara


‘A 7-year-old boy, who has not been identified, apparently drowned in the ocean about 3:30 p.m. Monday during a holiday family gathering at El Prado Park on the 4500 block of North Ocean Drive, officials said. (Patrick Pointu, courtesy / July 4, 2011)

Sentinel…

‘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, Carrington Clarke of the Bahamas, apparently drowned about 3:30 p.m. during a family gathering at El Prado Park on the 4500 block of North Ocean Drive, officials said. Carrington and his brother had flown into Fort Lauderdale from the Bahamas Sunday to visit his uncle, Jameka Ferguson of Fort Lauderdale. Ferguson said the boy stays with him every summer.

The family went to the beach with friends Monday afternoon and had planned to watch the fireworks at night, Ferguson said.

The group included three adults and eight children. Around 3:27 p.m., Carrington and three other children attempted to swim to a sand bar about 50 yards from shore, Broward Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Dani Moschella said.

An 11-year-old girl made it, but when she turned around, she noticed the other three struggling in the water about half-way between the shoreline and the sand bar, Moschella said.

Adults jumped in to rescue the children, but 7-year-old Carrington slipped underwater, and the adults lost sight of him. About 10 to 15 minutes later, a BSO helicopter located him about 100 yards south of where he was last seen. A Lauderdale-by-the-Sea volunteer firefighter on a wave runner and lifeguards pulled him from the water. Paramedics performed CPR and transported Carrington to Holy Cross Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:28 p.m.

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, Moschella said.

The Broward County Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death.

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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BSO website….

CHILD DROWNS DURING BEACH OUTING

BSO Case Number: LB11-07-00044
PIO Number: 11-7-3
Date: July 4, 2011
Time: 4:28 p.m. Jurisdiction: Lauderdale-by-the-Sea
Place of Occurrence: 4510 El Mar Drive, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea

Victim(s):

  • Carrington Clarke, age 7, Nassau, Bahamas (DECEASED)

Suspect(s):

  • n/a

Description of Incident:

A 7-year-old boy was visiting Florida for just a day before he drowned in the Atlantic Ocean as family, friends, lifeguards and firefighters frantically searched the water for him.

Carrington Clarke, 7, had flown into Fort Lauderdale from the Bahamas yesterday with his cousin to visit his uncle, Jameka Ferguson of Fort Lauderdale. The three went with friends to the beach Monday afternoon. The group included three adults and eight children. Around 3:27 p.m., four of the children – ages 7, 11, 13 and 14 – attempted to swim to a sand bar about 50 yards from shore. An 11-year-old girl made it, but when she turned around, she noticed the other three struggling in the water about half-way between the shoreline and the sand bar. Adults jumped in to rescue the children, but 7-year-old Carrington slipped underwater, and the adults lost sight of him. About 10-15 minutes later, the BSO helicopter located him about 100 yards south of where he was last seen. A Lauderdale-by-the-See volunteer firefighter on a wave runner and lifeguards pulled him from the water. American Medical Response (AMR) workers performed CPR and transported Carrington to Holy Cross Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:28 p.m.

Coincidentally, around the time of the incident, the city had planned a rescue demonstration that was to include a simulated drowning, so residents could witness how an ocean rescue might happen. Because of the demonstration, lifeguards, volunteer firefighters and AMR workers were already on scene.

The Broward County Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death.

INVESTIGATORS: Homicide Det. L. Rivera, Sgt. Glassman, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Lauderdale-by-the-Sea
THIS REPORT BY: Dani Moschella/PIO 7/4/11 2010
http://www.sheriff.org/about_bso/admin/media/newsdetails.cfm?pk=3355&sType=M

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