Two Florida Drownings Reported – 10 Year Old Boy (Bernard C. Latimore) in a Residential Swimming Pool and 3 Year Old Girl in Apartment Complex Swimming Pool


In Florida, there are swimming pools in virtually every neighborhood. Children enjoy swimming and playing in swimming pools. It is vital that swimming pools are properly fenced / gated to keep young children out of the swimming area. Adult supervision should be consistently provided any time that a child is in or near a swimming pool. Two deaths were recently reported. In Marion County (Ocala, Florida), a 10 year old autistic boy (Bernard C. Latimore), who was reported missing from his home, drowned in a neighbor’s swimming pool. In a separate unrelated incident, a 3 year old girl drowned in an apartment complex swimming pool. The deaths of these children is certainly a great loss for their families, neighborhood, friends, and the community. It is certainly tragic that an area built for fun (swimming pool) turns into a site of death of a young child. You can read more about these incidents at Two Children Found Dead in Separate Florida Drownings. See Florida Residential Swimming Pool Act is for the protection of children.