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Boy, 4, nearly drowns in Elks Lodge pool

By Star-Advertiser staff


A 4-year-old boy nearly drowned this afternoon in the pool at the Elks Lodge in Honolulu, an Emergency Medical Services supervisor said.

The boy was transferred to a local hospital in critical condition. 

The supervisor said circumstances surrounding the incident were unknown. 

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olos73 wrote:
Uh, so where were the parents?
on July 15,2012 | 06:46PM
jusmetwocents wrote:
I'm a regular at the Elks in Waikiki... This is very sad and I feel sorry for the family. Although I wasn't there yesterday, it doesn't seem like the Elk's have the safety proceddures or proper life gaurd staff to control who enters their swimming pool (member, non-member, guest of member's child who may or may not be able to swim?) and there sometimes seems to be a lack of proper oversight by the parents or parties who have children in the pool. I'm not saying that's what happened in this case but I have prsonally witnessed a few other very close calls involving children in that pool.
on July 16,2012 | 08:04AM
Bigdog_MD wrote:
Totally agree. Sunday afternoons at the pool can be really busy. I have also personally intervened in and witnessed several close calls in that pool. I assume the parents think that because there are so many adults around that someone will keep an eye on the young ones, or they assign that responsibility to an older sibling, who themselves are having a grand ole' time and often lose track of the younger ones. It's a shame that this poor little boy is in the hospital paying for his parents' mistake.
on July 16,2012 | 08:21AM
olos73 wrote:
Agree with @Bigdog_MD, on the statement of assigning responsibility to an older sibling. Several months ago, a 3-year-old boy almost drowned in an Ewa Beach pool. Mom told an older sibling who is not that much older to keep an eye on the young one. It's HER responsibility. Several people, including a Marine, jumped in to save the boy and administer CPR. Some adults shouldn't be parents if they cannot themselves take care of their own children. That mother was hysterical after she found out it was HER son. YOU take your child/children to a pool, YOU keep an eye on them.
on July 16,2012 | 01:14PM
ejkorvette wrote:
Hmmmmm. 4yrs young is mighty small to be in an Adult pool first of all. I pray the child recovers and a full investigation is started. The Elks Lodge is a very nice place, but Responsibilities of Adults can never be compromised.
on July 16,2012 | 04:30AM
Manapua_Man wrote:
Uh-oh... feels like a possible lawsuit coming up. Someone is going to say why weren't there signs posted stating 4 year old kids shouldn't be in the adult pool? We can't assume "common sense" nowadays.
on July 16,2012 | 06:22AM
alohacharlie wrote:
If there is a law suit it should be against the parents or whoever was suppose to be watching a 4 year old in a big swimming pool. As someone who frequents that Elks, I can not tell you how many times I have seen young children in that pool with no adult in the immediate area.
on July 16,2012 | 08:26AM
hilopango wrote:
This is not the fault of the Elks Lodge, it is negligence on the part of the parents. I, too, have been to pool parties where no one watches the kids in the pool. Parents need to own up to their responsibilities.
on July 16,2012 | 10:40AM
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