Girl, 6, dies after being pulled from swimming pond in Minnesota

LAKE ELMO, Minn. -- A 6-year-old girl has died after being pulled from the swimming pond at Lake Elmo Park Reserve Sunday afternoon, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies responded to the Washington County swimming beach at 1:17 p.m. on the report of a 6-year-old who had been pulled from the water and was not breathing.

"Everybody was in shock, kind of. Not knowing really what was going on. People started to clear the water immediately," said witness Kayla Johnson of Oakdale.

CPR was performed and the girl was brought to Regions Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, according to the sheriff's office.

Wayne Sandberg, county engineer and deputy public works director, told KARE 11 there were no lifeguards on duty at the time but that there were two beach monitors working. He said the park makes announcements every hour stating that no guards are on duty and that parents are responsible for their children.

According to Sandberg, lifeguards will start work in about two weeks, but even then they're not guarding every hour of the day and instead typically work noon to 8 p.m.

Sandberg said the maximum depth in the pond is four and a half feet, but he believes the child was in even shallower water.

Washington County was assisted by Lake Elmo Rescue, Lakeview Ambulance, Woodbury Police and the staff at the park reserve.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office and the Washington County Parks Department are investigating this case.
 

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