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Tragedy highlights importance of pool safety; drowning is second leading cause of death for children under age 14

June 21, 2010 (Rolando) – The  San Diego Medical Examiner's office this evening has identified Nicholas Joseph Norman as the five-year-old boy found floating face down yesterday in a backyard pool at his next-door-neighbor's home.  The boy, who lived with his family on Loma Alta Drive in the Rolando area, was transported to Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa.


Despite efforts to resuscitate him, he was pronounced dead in the emergency room at 7:50 p.m. It is unknown how long he had been in the pool before he was found.



Drowning is the second leading cause of death for children under 14.  To prevent such a tragedy, authorities advise parents to always keep children away from swimming pools when not supervised by an adult. If a child is missing, check the swimming pool first, since every second counts. Pool owners are reminded to keep gates locked and pool covers secured when a pool is not in use.

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