Child drowns Monday afternoon, SJSO investigates

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office is investigating an apparent drowning of a five-year-old boy Monday afternoon.

SJCFR responded to a residential pool around 3:15 p.m. in the 100 block of Pinehurst Pointe Drive, which is in the Royal Pines subdivision of World Golf Village.

After being pulled from the pool and receiving CPR from a neighbor, the child was initially transported to Baptist South, according to SJCFR spokesman Jeremy Robshaw.

The child has been identified as Artem Volotovskyi, a Ukranian national, according to a release from SJSO Media Relations Officer Kevin Kelshaw.

Artem and his mother moved to the United States and have been living in World Golf Village in February, Kelshaw said.

The Duval County District Medical Examiner's Office ruled Artem's cause of death to be drowning and his death was ruled accidental.

The Florida Department of Children and Families and SJSO is still investigating how the child came to be found in the pool, Kelshaw said.

First For You: Child swimming safety tips

DCF, which will be investigating the boy's drowning along with SJSO, offers these child swimming safety tips:

Supervision: A responsible adult should always actively watch children when they are in the pool. Distractions such as using your phone or getting involved in a big conversation should be avoided as drowning can happen in just a few minutes. Designate a "Water Watcher" to keep an eye on swimmers.

Barriers: A child should never enter a pool area unaccompanied by an adult, and Florida law requires barriers for home pools. Barriers should be used to physically block a child from the pool such as child-proof locks on all doors, a pool fence with self-latching and self-closing gates, as well as door and pool alarms. Pool covers should be professionally fitted, as a simple canvas covering can trap a child in the water.

Swimming Lessons: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children ages 4 and older get swimming lessons and parents of children ages 1-3 consider swimming lessons, as studies have shown it reduces drowning incidents. Caregivers should learn to swim as well or designate an adult who can swim to accompany children who are swimming.

Emergency Preparedness: When a child stops breathing there is a small window of time in which resuscitation may occur, but only if someone knows what to do. All Floridians are urged to learn CPR. In an emergency, it is critical to have a phone nearby and immediately call 911.


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