Girl, 5, drowns in Elk River pool

From staff reports
A 5-year-old girl drowned Wednesday, July 6, in a residential pool in Elk River.
The victim, Charlotte Kay Downing from Brooklyn Park, had been visiting friends with her father and two siblings, according to Elk River Police Chief Brad Rolfe.
Charlotte, other children and three adults had been in and around the pool area of the friend’s home in the 12800 block of 182nd Avenue.
At some point she was unaccounted for and a search was initiated in the pool, the home and the surrounding area, Rolfe said.
The girl was not initially noticed at the bottom of the 9-foot-deep pool due to the cloudiness of the water which limited visibility, according to Rolfe.
She was eventually located by the girlfriend of the homeowner when the woman put on swim goggles and swam below the surface of the pool.
Charlotte was removed from the pool and CPR was begun by the homeowner’s girlfriend and a neighbor who had medical training, Rolfe said.
Police and emergency medical personnel were dispatched to the scene at 4:48 p.m.
Elk River Fire Chief T. John Cunningham arrived within minutes along with Elk River officers. CPR was continued by rescuers.
Charlotte was transported by Elk River Ambulance to a helicopter landing zone that was established at Joplin Street and Orono Parkway.
She was flown by Life Link to Hennepin County Medical Center and was later pronounced dead at the hospital, Rolfe said.
The incident is being investigated by the Elk River Police Department and Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office.

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