Unfortunately, South Florida’s sunny climate is accompanied by a number of natural and man-made bodies of water that claim lives every day. Making matters worse–the victims are normally our most prized and precious possessions–our children. Just this week, five individuals drowned in a canal, pool or lake. Four of the five individuals were children under the age of ten years old.
One of the children, Jac’Quez Osborne, 9, drowned at a pool party in Southwest Ranches. According to Capt. Engle of the Davie Police Department, Jac’Quez “didn’t know how to swim and somehow ended up in the pool.” Sadly, there was no one within reach that could administer CPR in time.
Another child, Leila Fleming, 4, left with her grandmother, Laura Zulema Fleming, 59, to go feed ducks by a lake in their Silver Shores gated community. They did not return. Both of their bodies were eventually found and recovered from the lake. Autopsies revealed that both Leila and her grandmother drowned. Unfortunately, neither of them knew how to swim.