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Girl who drowned at Pokai Bay is identified

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 10:46 a.m. HST, Jun 16, 2014

The Medical Examiner's Office identified the 11-year-old Wahiawa girl who drowned at Pokai Bay on Sunday as Gloria Eram.

Her 9-year-old sister remains hospitalized in serious but stable condition.

Beachgoers found the younger girl in shallow water just before noon at Pokai Bay Beach Park.

She was taken to the hospital in serious, but stable condition, according to an Emergency Medical Services spokeswoman.

Paramedics used a public address system in their vehicle to locate the girl's father.

Gloria Eram was spotted, submerged in the water, about a half hour later in the same area.

Beachgoers, including off-duty firefighters performed CPR until lifeguards, ambulance and on-duty firefighters returned to the scene.

Ambulance crews took her in extremely critical condition to the hospital, where she later died.

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kaleboy wrote:
So sad!
on June 16,2014 | 09:14AM
Skyler wrote:
Agree. If more people knew this, perhaps more lives could be saved: http://www.today.com/health/drowning-often-quick-silent-how-spot-someone-trouble-6C10223428

On 'dry & delayed' drowning: http://www.swimmersdaily.com/2011/07/03/how-to-spot-symptoms-of-dry-and-delayed-drowning/

on June 16,2014 | 04:40PM
false wrote:
So sorry. Who could have seen? We were all there. Worry all the time that this would have been one of mine, how many hundred did I teach? It's a tragedy felt by many.
on June 16,2014 | 10:04AM
glenn57377 wrote:
This is such a tragedy. Parents and everyone, please look out for the keiki and anyone in the water. It only takes a moment and lives will be changed forever. Condolences to the family.
on June 16,2014 | 10:06AM
rayhawaii wrote:
I almost drowned 2 times. No one was watching my sister and me and she was drifting away on an inflatable and I was on my tip toes and grabbed a corner and pulled her back. I was 13 and neither of us knew how to swim. I told my parents this story so many times and they said they were watching. My 3 brothers saved me the second time.
on June 16,2014 | 08:24PM
kiragirl wrote:
My heartfelt condolences. Take care.
on June 16,2014 | 10:12AM
bluespop wrote:
Paramedics had to use a public address system to locate the father. SMH.
on June 16,2014 | 10:31AM
agile wrote:
One of the stations reported that the father either left or left the girls unattended. Can' help but wonder if he'll face charges for child neglect.
on June 16,2014 | 11:09AM
false wrote:
Be sure you're always on the alert. This could happen to many of us. It has and it just does because many of us are ocean families and accept it. Nature is just not that predictable. So here it is. Don't make it worse. It's already unbearable. Be kind.
on June 16,2014 | 11:23AM
Lets keep the focus on what has happened and not twist this into something that we all could be guilty of-it only takes a few moments for this to happen-lets not carry this into a blame game.
on June 16,2014 | 11:52AM
soundofreason wrote:
Especially after the father who got in trouble having the 8 yr old "walk" home.
on June 16,2014 | 07:23PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Sound actually said it was probably " local" parenting. What a mainland rag.
on June 16,2014 | 10:28PM
twitter6 wrote:
On KHON the aunt says that they need to talk to the 9 year old so she can explain what happened to them. The aunt also said that the ambulance refused to allow the father to look for the older daughter. Really? So now the family wants to blame the kids and paramedics. Obvious that the parents still doesn't get it. If you can't be responsible for your kids, don't have kids.
on June 16,2014 | 09:36PM
AFishOutofH20 wrote:
May she rest in peace!!!!!!!!
on June 16,2014 | 12:06PM
Iuki wrote:
What a tragedy. Children are so precious. What prompted father to leave them alone?
on June 16,2014 | 12:11PM
wave1 wrote:
The kid were 9 and 11. Some 9 year olds are better swimmers than adults. In fact my friend and I saved a couple adults at Waimea Bay a couple years ago. The husband could not swim and he went to "save" his wife whom had stepped into deep water and could not swim. Not sure what the case was for these kids. Go to the beach all the time and see a larger number of kids younger than this alone in the water- I keep an eye on them even if they are not my own kids. My own 9 year old has gone off with his friend while at the beach. Parents try best as they can to keep an eye on their kids but we cannot do it all the time. It only takes seconds to drown.
on June 16,2014 | 12:37PM
false wrote:
Very sad and yet preventable.
on June 16,2014 | 12:37PM
wave1 wrote:
For all the perfect parents out there: Do your kid always wear a helment when biking, scootering or skatboarding? Do your kids ever ride in the back of a pick-up? Do your kids ever ride in a compact car? Do your kids ride a bike on the street? Do your kids play violent video games? If you answered yes to any of the above, you are not a perfect parent. What you kids are doing is hazardous to their health.
on June 16,2014 | 12:54PM
gmedley wrote:
I know a guy who's motto is "I can't swim- but I will never drown." He doesn't like or participate in water sports, etc. He doesn't place himself in those situations.
on June 16,2014 | 02:00PM
KWAY wrote:
there are no words for the disgust I feel towards those responsible to watch them.
on June 16,2014 | 04:16PM
paniolo wrote:
They were supposedly at a "large family gathering" yet nobody kept an eye on these girls that family members knew could not swim. SAD...
on June 16,2014 | 07:41PM
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