Child dies after being pulled from Henrico hotel pool

Child dies after being pulled from Henrico hotel pool

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - A 7-year-old boy has died after being pulled from a hotel pool Friday night.

Henrico police confirmed the child died at the hospital Sunday. He and his family were from Pennsylvania.

Police are investigating the incident.

Fire and rescue responded to the Embassy Suites by Hilton Richmond in the 2900 block of Emerywood Parkway just after 10 p.m.

Once on scene, crews discovered that a child had been pulled from a pool.

"It happens in a matter of seconds, it happens quickly and silently,"

The child was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

In a statement by the hotel, Vice President of Operations Mark Yardis said "We are actively and fully cooperating with the police investigation... Our prayers are with the family for recovery."

Henrico Police are currently investigating the incident.

Chrissy Fandel, aquatics director for the Richmond YMCA, says to forget what you see in movies and on TV. Fandel says most drownings happen when the person never even intends on getting in the water. 

"You aren't going to hear the dramatic cries for help. You are going to see someone submerged, head is back because they are trying to get air." Fandel said. 

This has been a deadly Summer when it comes to water. 

Back in May, a 6-year-old and his 23-year-old aunt drowned in Chesterfield. 

The next month, a Henrico teen drowned when witnesses say he was bullied into jumping into the deep end of an apartment complex pool. 

Now, experts are stressing staying alert is key, especially when it only takes seconds for a non-swimmer to find themselves in a life or death situation. 

"Parents unplug. Put on your swimsuits and go and get in the water with your children. It's a lot of fun and kids will love it, and it's one of the best practices you can have being within arms reach of your child." Fandel said.

This is a developing story.

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