Boy drowns in swimming pool in Rio Bravo

A 5-year-old boy drowned in a swimming pool in the town of Rio Bravo, according to the Webb County Sheriff’s Office.

The case unfolded around 11:23 p.m. Saturday when deputies responded to the 1100 block of Paseo de Neva for a report of an unresponsive child.
Initial reports indicated that the child may have drowned in a swimming pool.

Deputies arrived and quickly administered CPR to the child until Rio Bravo Fire Department crews arrived and took over rescue techniques, authorities said. Crews took the child to Laredo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

“This unfortunate death reminds us of the importance of never leaving a child unattended near or around a swimming pool,” Sheriff Martin Cuellar said. “My condolences to the child’s family.”

He is the first child to drown in Webb County this year. Another 62 children have drowned in Texas so far in 2022, according to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

“We can prevent these tragedies if we supervise all children around water,” the DFPS website states. “Water is a great way to beat the heat, but summer is also when children are most likely to drown. Drowning is a leading cause of accidental death in children under five-year-olds and toddlers are particularly at risk.

The website further states that tragedies can be prevented.

“Never leave a child unattended near water, inside or outside the home. It only takes a few minutes for a child to drown,” the DFPS website states.

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