FLORENCE, Ky. (FOX 56) — A 5-year-old is dead after drowning in Florence on Friday.
The Boone County Sheriff’s Office said around 4:30 on Friday, they received a report of a child drowning at a home on Clermont Court.
Authorities arrived to find Aldon Eveland unresponsive after his family had pulled him out of their above-ground swimming pool.
Eveland was airlifted to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Police said they do not suspect any foul play.
A GoFundMe has been set up in honor of Eveland’s memory.
In June, the CDC issued a warning about the importance of water safety, saying drowning is the leading cause of death for children 1 to 4 years old and the second leading cause of unintentional injury death for children 5 to 14 years old.
- Learn to swim/enroll in swimming lessons
- Fence in home swimming pools
- Supervise children closely, constantly
- Wear a properly fitted life jacket
According to the CDC, water wings or arm floaties do not prevent children from drowning and create a false sense of safety for parents and children. Instead, they recommend wearing U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets
The CDC said nonfatal drowning can result in long-term health problems, including brain damage and long-term disability.
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“For every child under age 18 who dies from drowning, another 7 receive emergency department care for nonfatal drowning. Nearly 40% of drownings treated in emergency departments require a hospital stay or transfer for further care,” reads the CDC website.