A 3-year-old boy drowned Wednesday afternoon after an accident at the Green Island Country Club pool while two lifeguards were on duty, authorities said.
The Ellerslie, Ga., boy was identified as Manuel Cabezas. He was pronounced dead of accidental drowning at 2:44 p.m. in the emergency room of Midtown Medical Center, said Muscogee County Chief Deputy Coroner Freeman Worley. An autopsy will be conducted Friday, he said.
Worley said the boy was part of a summer camp group at 6501 Standing Boy Road when the drowning occurred. There were two lifeguards, a teen and another in his 20s, on duty at the time. The deputy coroner said his office was called around 2:53 p.m.
In a report on the drowning, police said the incident occurred sometime between 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Police were called to the Country Club to check on a sick or injured child.
Worley said the boy, who was not wearing a flotation device, was in the water playing with 30 to 40 other children.
“The lifeguard seen him about five seconds and he was on his back,” he said. “They went and got in the water and got him out.”
The staff started CPR.
“What time he actually got into the pool, I hadn’t found anybody to tell me that,” Worley said.
Manuel was in 4 feet of water and floating.
“Initially, they were more concerned with other ones who could not swim as good in water,” he said. “Then they turned their attention to this one. He was floating on his back.”
The child’s parents weren’t at the pool and the boy had no medical problems.
“He was not 4 feet tall,” Worley said. “What I understand is they got a kiddie pool up there and have a big pool. He was in the big pool.”
The boy was transported by ambulance to the hospital where he was pronounced dead by an emergency room doctor, police said in a report.
Jeffrey J. Blais, general manager and chief operating officer at Green Island Country Club, issued a statement on the tragedy that occurred Wednesday. "Yesterday afternoon, the life of a young child was lost at our pool. We are tirelessly investigating what happened and out of respect of all involved, most importantly the child’s family, we cannot comment further at this time," he said. About an hour after the drowning, a Facebook post on the Country Club’s website said the pool would be closed for the rest of the day but gave no reason for the closure. A statement issued on Thursday also said the pool will remain closed through Sunday. The pool is normally closed on Monday. Police said the death remains under investigation.