Mark D. Moore, a 3-year-old boy from St. Johns County, Florida could not be revived after he was found in a pond near the apartment where he lived. The Sheriff’s Office received the missing-child report around 4:30 P.M. after Mark’s mother awoke from her nap and discovered the child was not in the home. A full search was conduced by the St. Johns County Sheriff’s office. The search involved the use of helicopters and K-9 units. Residents also helped with the search. The official cause of death is pending an autopsy at the medical examiner’s office. If you would like to read more on this story please see 3-year-old boy pronounced dead after being found in a pond nearby his apartment home.
Retention and stormwater ponds are common place in the State of Florida. Property owners should recognize the dangers of these wateways and take affirmative action to fence the area and post appropriate signage. A simple fence or gate can in essence save a life.
This child’s death is a tragedy for his family and community. Florida is a warm state where weather conditions permit swimming for longer periods of the the year than other states. Therefore, families still need to stress safety tips about swimming to their children. If you have a pool at your home keep safety fences bordering the pool year-round. Also, parents and guardians should stress to their children to not go into water without the supervision of an adult or other responsible person. Keeping your children informed about the inherent dangers of water will decrease the likelihood of children sustaining water-related personal injuries or death.