10-year-old East Texas boy who drowned in pool identified

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UPDATE: Monday: The 10-year-old boy who drowned in a backyard pool in Pollok over the weekend has been identified as Aiden Rivera.

It happened at a house off Julie Road in Pollok, and emergency crews responded to the call shortly before sunset, immediately performing CPR on Aiden. They then took him to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the family to pay for funeral expenses. Those who would like to donate can click here.

Graveside services for the boy are being arranged by Carroway Funeral Home in Lufkin, Texas.

Alton Lenderman, the Angelina County Sheriff’s Office Captain, mentioned that officials are still investigating the case.

“Anytime we have what we call an unattended death, you know we just make sure that we cover all of our bases. It will take a couple of days just to look at anything incase something else comes up. “

Lenderman also said drownings are not rare during the summer.

According to research, this is the leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths for children ages one to four.

Lenderman added, no one should swim alone no matter the person’s age.

Accidents like this aren’t rare during the summer. Studies have shown drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths for children ages one to four.

Swim instructors offer lessons for those as young as a few months old.

“We teach people, children to master not just 4 feet of water but any depth,” Tyler Swim School instructor Sarah Ratliff said.

POLLOK, Texas (KETK) – A 10-year-old boy died after he drowned in a backyard pool in Pollok on Saturday evening.

Around 7:33 p.m., the Angelina County Sheriff’s Department received a call in reference to a drowning at a residence on Julie Road.

When deputies arrived on scene, they administered CPR and transported the boy to a local hospital.

Medical staff attempted to resuscitate the child, but the boy was later pronounced dead, according a report from Angelina County Sheriff’s Office Captain Alton Lenderman.

The incident is still under investigation.

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