Officials: Boy, 6, pulled from Bridgeview pool Tuesday dies

Officials: Boy, 6, pulled from Bridgeview pool Tuesday dies (Tribune Illustration / June 18, 2014)

A 6-year-old Justice boy died today, one day after he was pulled unresponsive from a Bridgeview public pool, according to a Bridgeview police.

The boy was one of 73 children at the Bridgeview public pool from the Village of Justice Park District summer camp, which included 10 adult chaperones, according to a press release issued today.

Police are investigating the death and reviewing video from the pool security camera. The boy was pulled from the shallow end of the pool by lifeguards at 1:43 p.m. Tuesday, police said. CPR was administered and paramedics took the boy to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he had a weak pulse but remained unresponsive through the evening, police said.

He was pronounced dead at 4:15 p.m. at Christ Medical Center, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. He was identified by Bridgeview police as Michael Duda.

"This is a terrible tragedy that has touched everyone,” said Bridgeview Police Chief Walter Klimek who is supervising the investigation.
 
“The tragedy is under investigation. The pool has been ordered closed for the next three days as it is being investigated. This is the first major emergency incident at the pool in 30 years."

The pool’s capacity is 345 people and there were about 300 people at the pool at the time of the incident, police said.

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