BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW-TV) -- It's a dangerous situation that's prevalent at this time of the year, children unattended as they play around water on a warm afternoon. Now one young boy lost his life Sunday after drowning in a Buffalo pond.
Buffalo firefighters and police divers, worked to pull a 9 year old Buffalo boy from the murky water of a pond on Squaw Island. As a group of friends were playing and swimming, one of them went missing.
"They pointed out a spot where he had last been seen. We immediately put a diver in the water in a matter of minutes and he located the child in the water. Since the water in still cold...he's young...there were no visible injuries to him and we had him out in a relatively short period of time, they tried to revive him," stated Buffalo Police Lieutenant Mark Michalek.
This area of Squaw Island is not near the main road. Rescuers had to overcome a steep hill and two fences to get their patient to a waiting ambulance. "The water is still very cold, even though it's a nice enough day...warn enough...if you are not a strong enough swimmer and you do hit a drop off and take in a mouthful of water and you are not a good swimmer...it could cost you," Michalek added.
With paramedics and a doctor working in the back of the ambulance...the child was transported to Women and Children's Hospital. A short time after he arrived, he was pronounced dead. Police have not yet released the victim's name.
"Don't go swimming anywhere, where you don't know what the bottom is like or what's in that water. Know your own capabilities in the water. You should only swim in supervised areas,"
Investigators believe that the friends of the boy may have been looking for their missing playmate themselves...before rescuers were called. The child may have been in the water for as long as 40 minutes.