Police: 8-year-old drowns in Portsmouth over holiday weekend

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — An 8-year-old boy drowned in a pool over the Memorial Day weekend, police say.

Portsmouth police say someone called 911 just after 4:30 p.m. for a possible drowning on Woodside Lane. Emergency personnel arrived on scene to find the child unresponsive in the deep end of the pool. He was taken to the hospital and later pronounced dead.

Detective Misty Holley with the Portsmouth Police Department told 10 On Your Side that the water in the pool had not yet been treated for summer. That visibility was low, which made it difficult for the adults at the home to locate the child.

“If your pool is not ready to be swam in, if you can’t have people to swim in your pool, make sure its roped off, kind of sectioned off. if you have a gate, lock that gate,” Detective Holley says.

She also says motion sensors and security cameras are always a smart purchase.

“A lot of cameras nowadays have the motion detectors in with the cameras so you can get alerted when someone comes in or near your pool,” Det. Holley says.

As always, she instructs parents to talk with their children at the start of summer about pool safety, and that you’re never too young or too old to learn to swim.

“This was just a tragic event that had dire consequences for the family and what we want to do is try to avoid this type of heartbreaking incident from happening again by educating the public,” she says.