Girl, 10, drowns in hotel pool

Officals say no adults present when children went for swim


PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – A 10-year-old girl drowned in a pool at the Hilton Garden Inn in Ponte Vedra Beach early Sunday morning, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies, along with detectives from the Major Crimes Unit, responded to the hotel at 45 PGA Tour Blvd. regarding a near drowning shortly after midnight, officials said. 

Deputies said Monday that they learned the girl had died.

The Sheriff's Office on Tuesday released the 911 calls made during the drowning. One of the callers was a man who had just walked into the hotel.

Caller: "Somebody was drowning in the swimming pool. Can you send somebody?"
Dispatcher: "Sir, I have reports she may be out of the pool and CPR is in progress. I need to know."
Caller: "I don't know. I just walked in the hotel. I saw the young man crying and I went back and grabbed the phone. I'm not sure exactly what's going on."

Another caller was an employee who performed CPR on the child.

Dispatcher: "What's the location of your emergency?"
Caller: "Yes, I have a drowning victim at 45 PGA Tour Blvd."
Dispatcher: "OK. I have another call coming in, OK? Are you with the victim now?"
Caller: "Yes, I am. I'm doing CPR."
Dispatcher: "OK. CPR is in progress. How old is the child?"
Caller: "How old is she? 10."
Dispatcher: "10 years old. Are you a guest there?"
Caller: "I'm an employee. I have to keep going."
Dispatcher: "OK. Stay on the line with me. I'm going to get Fire Rescue on the line with me, OK?"

When deputies arrived at the hotel, CPR was being performed on the girl. Patrol deputies took over CPR efforts until St. Johns County Fire Rescue paramedics arrived and took the girl to Beaches Baptist. She was then air lifted to Wolfson Children's Hospital, where she later died.

Officials said the girl and three juvenile family members went to the pool to swim, but the 10-year-old became distressed and started to drown. Two of the children tried to pull her out of the pool, while the third child ran to an employee of the property for help. 

Authorities said they believe there were no adults present with the children at the time, and the pool was apparently closed to swimming before the incident. 

Officials said the investigation is open and ongoing. An autopsy will be performed to determine the girl's exact cause of death.