On Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at approximately 10:25 a.m., the Fairview Heights Police Department received a 9-1-1 call for a child who had been under water for an extended period of time while swimming in the pool at the Drury Inn, 12 Ludwig Drive.
The 12-year-old male from Florida had gone swimming with an older sister and toddler brother when he decided to see how long he could hold his breath under water. While the sister tended to the toddler, the victim remained under water for a couple of minutes until he was able to be pulled out by family. The boy’s father and responding officers administered CPR until EMS arrived and took over. The boy was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead from an apparent drowning. At this point, it is unknown what led to the victim not being able to surface; he was described by family as a good swimmer.
Although police suspect the incident to be nothing more than a tragedy it remains under investigation with an autopsy scheduled for Wednesday.