Toddler drowns in SLO Elks Lodge pool

July 9, 2016

PoolA 3-year-old girl drowned Friday in the Elks Lodge Pool on Elks Lane in San Luis Obispo, according to a statement.

Pool attendees spotted the child submerged in the water, pulled her from the pool and performed CPR. Emergency personnel then transported the toddler to  Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.

Because of the tragedy, all lodge facilities at the SLO Elks will be closed Saturday and Sunday.

“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,” the Elks said in a statement. “Please keep this family in your prayers during this terrible ordeal.”


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10 Comments

  1. bischbubba says:

    Everyone who has raised kids knows that we all catch lucky breaks now and then, without which our kids would have died too. No judgement for the parents of that little toddler, just empathy and commiseration.

    (25) 29 Total Votes - 27 up - 2 down
  2. Pittmann81 says:

    Making such needless presumptions helps no one. It is only opportunism at its worst. Have some respect because the ELKS is a wonderful organization that ha a served the community for many years. This is the first drowning possibly ever or at least in the last 40+ years. Don’t try to turn this into a crusade.

    (44) 52 Total Votes - 48 up - 4 down
  3. Pittmann81 says:

    There have never been lifeguards, there are signs posted in multiple places, all members are aware, and there has not been a drowning in 40+ years. As for parents, there were many and the matter will be investigated. Please do not presume until all the facts are known, not that it is anybody’s business.

    (36) 44 Total Votes - 40 up - 4 down
  4. indigo1955 says:

    I cannot imagine the parents’ pain. I do not know the family, or anyone involved and I shed some tears. This is just a sad and tragic event, and as much as we want answers or want someone to pay–sometimes senseless things just happen. The best we can do is be with the parents in any way possible–be it through prayer or financial aid if they need additional help.

    (34) 38 Total Votes - 36 up - 2 down
  5. easymoney says:

    Parents? Lifeguards?

    (13) 43 Total Votes - 28 up - 15 down
    • slogirl says:

      Parents, yes…Lifeguards aren’t baby sitters. With or without one the parents are responsible for their children. Leaving your child unattended or thinking that ‘oh well there’s a lifeguard on duty and lots of other adults around to keep an eye out’, is wrong. Not saying that’s what happened here, but most child drownings are preventable! WATCH YOUR KIDS! period

      (11) 27 Total Votes - 19 up - 8 down
  6. slorealitycheck says:

    What a tragedy. Just a thought of losing a child is unbearable let alone if it happens. Condolences to the family.
    I hope the SLOFD investigates the Elks for violation of their maximum occupancy for the pool. On days when it’s extremely hot that pool is so full of people there is standing or floating room only. Not that that is the reason for this unfortunate and heartbreaking accident, but to possibly not have another needless drowning.

    (-50) 88 Total Votes - 19 up - 69 down
    • slogirl says:

      Seriously? You’re holding the ELKS lodge responsible? This is a very tragic event, but most likely one that could have been prevented. You do realize that even with max occupancy, it is the parents or guardians responsibility to watch their children, right? Also, lifeguards aren’t there to babysit your children.

      (14) 26 Total Votes - 20 up - 6 down
  7. slorealitycheck says:

    What a tragedy. Just a thought of losing a child is unbearable let alone if it happens. Condolences to the family.
    I hope the SLOFD investigates the Elks for violation of their maximum occupancy for the pool. On days when it’s extremely hot that pool is so full of people there is standing or floating room o.ly

    (-42) 64 Total Votes - 11 up - 53 down

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