Drake L. Speegle of Hartselle Alabama died on Friday. The 3-year-old was visiting a rental cabin in Sevierville with his family. The boy slipped away from his parents at about 12:30 pm and either fell or jumped into a 4-foot-deep pool. It was his birthday. His family contacted emergency personnel immediately and tried unsuccessfully to revive him. He was transported to the hospital and pronounced dead. The Knoxville News-Sentinel reports:
A 3-year-old Alabama boy drowned on his birthday today at a rental cabin’s swimming pool, authorities said.
The boy, Drake L. Speegle of Hartselle, Ala., apparently slipped away from his family and either fell or jumped into the 4-foot-deep pool at the cabin on Bird Nest Way just after 12:30 p.m., according to the Sevier County Sheriff’s Department. Emergency workers tried to revive him with no success.
What a sad story. We wish his family the best as they grieve his loss. It’s impossible to know without an investigation whether this tragic event was preventable or not. If it was preventable, steps should be taken to hold the responsible party accountable and prevent this from happening in the future.
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