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Young Boy Drowns In Cloquet Pond

By KBJR News 1

July 21, 2011 Updated Jul 21, 2011 at 7:24 PM CDT

Cloquet, MN (Northlands NewsCenter) - Summer heat drives many folks to the water, but sometimes that fun in the sun can result in tragedy.

A young boy, six years of age drowned this afternoon in a pond at Pinehurst Park in Cloquet this afternoon. Authorities say it was an accidental drowning.

There is uncertainty as to how the boy actually drowned but there were many people visiting the pond today. A witness, who was at the pool during the time of the incident said a Duluth school was on a field trip.

The boy didn't have family there so some believe he may have been part of the schools group. Upwards of 250 people were at the Pinehurst pool so lifeguards had many swimmers to keep their eyes on.

The witness says the pool was immediately evacuated after the boy was taken out of the water wearing a life jacket. Brian Fritsinger, City Administrator for Cloquet confirmed the incident.

"Well the accident took place this afternoon, early afternoon. I believe it was reported around 1:15pm. Paramedics were called and worked with lifeguards on the scene and the child was taken for care at the hospital."

The child was taken to Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet
According to witnesses, lifeguards administered CPR and approximately 10 minutes after wards the EMT's arrived.
It appeared to the witness, the boy died on scene as evidenced by the ambulance not leaving the pool immediately.

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