Coroner rules teen's death in pool accident as a drowning

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Lexington Police say that a boy who died after an accident at a pool was not injured while diving.

The Fayette County Coroner's office has ruled the death of a 13-year-old boy, pulled from a pool on the Transylvania University campus, as a drowning.

The accident happened around 8:30 Monday night.

Lexington Police say they reviewed surveillance of the incident and that there was no diving involved.

Transylvania University's Interim Director of Communications Sallie Showalter says the boy lost consciousness while participating in a recreational swim. Two lifeguards and an assistant swim coach applied the available automated external defibrillator and performed CPR until emergency medical technicians arrived on the scene. He was then taken to UK Hospital.

"In the midst of these tragic circumstances, our hearts go out to this young student's family and friends, as well as the other students on our campus affected by this incident," Transylvania President R. Owen Williams said.

The coroner has not released the teen's name, at the request of his family.

Firefighters say these types of accidents are common this time of year.

"During summer time, we see more water related injuries," said Major Daniel Bellot, Lexington Fire Department.

The boy was attending a week-long academic summer camp. His camp and all camps scheduled this week are canceled.

The pool at the William T. Young Campus Center will remain closed until further notice.


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