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Officials warn parents after girl drowns, boy is pulled from water

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 03:08 a.m. HST, Oct 09, 2013

After a 2-year-old girl drowned and a 6-year-old boy nearly drowned just two hours apart and within a few miles from each other on Tuesday, officials are calling on parents and others to keep close tabs on children near the water.

"We all need to be there for the keiki," said Shayne Enright, spokes-woman for Hono-lulu's Emergency Services Department. "The community has got to step up and step in, even if it is not their child."

In both cases Monday the children got into trouble while their parents weren't paying attention, in areas where there are no lifeguards, one at Sand Island and the other at Kakaako Waterfront Park.

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paniolo wrote:
This is so sad. Morning news said she was found 50 yards off shore. She was there on a church outing, which I presume she was with her parents. So, where were they, or whoever was supposed to be watching her? These child drownings are completely avoidable if the adults are responsible to watch the child. Must of had a lot of people there, but no one knew she was missing. Had to be in the water a long time if she drifted 50 yards out. Come on people, you take your children to the beach KEEP AN EYE ON THEM. My ALOHA to her ohana.
on October 8,2013 | 07:52AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
These parents have no business parenting. This is so tragic and senseless.
on October 8,2013 | 12:04PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
My heart goes out to her surviving relatives. "I thought you were watching her" must've been said or thought many times.
on October 8,2013 | 05:02PM
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