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3-year-old drowns in SLO Elks Lodge pool

A young child drowned Friday in a pool at the San Luis Obispo Elks Lodge, the organization confirmed.
A young child drowned Friday in a pool at the San Luis Obispo Elks Lodge, the organization confirmed. mpowell@thetribunenews.com

A 3-year-old girl drowned Friday evening in a pool at the San Luis Obispo Elks Lodge while attending a party.

The San Luis Obispo Fire Department arrived at the lodge about 5:25 p.m., about two minutes after receiving the emergency call, Capt. John MacDonald said.

The girl was at the lodge pool for a birthday party, said Sgt. David Nottenkamper of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office. A man noticed her in the water, pulled her out and began calling for help, Nottenkamper said. A guest attempted CPR before firefighter-paramedics arrived and took over, MacDonald said.

The girl continued to receive medical aid while being taken by ambulance to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, MacDonald said. She was later pronounced dead at the hospital, he said.

MacDonald said a number of adults and children were at the pool, which had no lifeguard on duty at the time of the drowning. The girl’s mother was at the scene, he said.

The Elks Lodge issued a statement Friday evening saying it was “deeply saddened to inform that a young child was found submerged and unresponsive in our pool this afternoon.”

“We as Elks cannot express how deeply we are touched by this tragedy, and our deepest sympathies are with this family in their time of loss. Please keep this family in your prayers during this terrible ordeal.”

Representatives from the Elks Lodge told The Tribune their statement would be the extent of their comments for now.

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