A 12-year-old boy drowned in the swimming pool at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress hotel near Walt Disney World.
The boy was DeShawn Smith, who was staying at the hotel with his family. They were visiting from Maryland.
This is a tragic case, and I can't imagine what the Smith family must be going through. Florida, with its many pools and beaches, is notorious for having a high drowning death rate.
The Florida Department of Health is aware of Florida's high drowning death rate and they are taking steps to increase pool safety.
Check out the following links from local organizations in Florida offering swim lessons for young children:
- Safe Start Survival Swim Lessons at the YMCA of Central Florida.
- Swimming for Life offers classes for ages 18 mo. to 13 years+.
- Infant Swimming Resource offers private lessons for your child.
Our hearts and prayers go out to the Smith family.
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Source: Orlando Sentinel