By Dana Landgrebe, WDIO/ABC

A toddler has died after allegedly drowning in an inflatable swimming pool outside Duluth on Thursday evening.

Sgt. Wade Rasch with the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office said they received a call around 5:45 p.m. that a 1-and-a-half year old boy was found in the family's pool unconscious. This happening at a home off Old North Shore Road in Duluth Township.

 Family members started CPR and the effort was continued by first responders on the scene. The boy was transported by Gold Cross Ambulance to St. Luke's Hospital. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The Sheriff's Office said numerous children and adults had been enjoying a gathering throughout the day. They believe the child could have climbed the ladder to the pool unnoticed and slipped under.

The incident remains under investigation.

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Pool Safety Tips

  • Use the Water Watchdog System to make sure children are always closely supervised in the pool area.

  • Remind kids to stay away from pool and hot tub drains.

  • Never dive into water less than 9 feet deep.

  • Keep gates to the pool area latched.


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