Boy dies two days after being pulled unconscious from Disney's Pop Century pool

Posted Wednesday, March 13, 2013 10:31 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Deputies say the 13-year-old boy who was pulled Sunday by a vacationing firefighter from a pool at Disney's Pop Century Resort died Tuesday morning. Witnesses say he was blue in the face and unconscious when he was pulled from the water. He was taken to Celebration hospital. No lifeguard was on duty at the time, but others were in the pool.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013 11:25 AM

My heart goes out to this family for there loss.

They are on vacation having a good time and have the ultimate loss as parents/brother.

We will find out in time what happened (ie.hit his head,medical issue ect.)

Blaming anyone @ this point is premature .

Say a prayer for the family if you believe.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013 12:42 PM

I cant imagine a place like Disney, given the number of visitors they get, not staffing hotel pools every minute they're open then locking them up tight every minute they're not. Just seems like, as they say, an accident waiting to happen.
I've been to Cedar Point in the early spring when the weather was cold, windy, even rainy. At any resort pool I've ever seen there's been a lifeguard attending no matter what the weather. I spoke to a young lady there one time and she explained if the pools have posted open hours they stay open and her job is to bundle up and sit and watch an empty pool even if nobody is likely to show up to swim. Only lightning allows them to close and get out of there.
This incident is a shame.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013 12:52 PM
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The Pop Century pools aren't fenced or anything. Particularly when I've been there, there aren't a lot of people on the non-guarded times. We don't know what happened, but I think it's important to always supervise kids around water. Hard to say if that was the case here, but my point is that absence of lifeguards doesn't indicate a point of failure.


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Wednesday, March 13, 2013 1:34 PM

State laws differ, here in Ohio I know fences are required around pools. Apparently not in Florida. I can't recall whether there was a fence around the pool at Port Orleans or not. I'm thinking no.
And I'm not trying to say it was lack of a lifeguard that caused this young man's death, I just find it shocking. This guy was 13 and I'm sure everyone trusted his ability in four feet of water, and we dont know what happened. But it certainly can't hurt to have a professional there who's job it is to watch the water at all times. Particularly at a resort that caters to families and especially during times when swimming is likely to occur- parks are closed, dinners over, there's nothing to do and the kids want to swim.
Operators there are probably required to do nothing more than to post when lifeguards aren't on duty and emergency contact information, and I'm sure the hotel has met that obligation. But if it was my pool I'd be avoiding the liability of leaving the area open for anyone to walk into during off, non-attended hours.
Like I said, this is nothing but a horrible shame.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013 1:35 PM

What a shame. My heart goes out to the family.


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Thursday, March 14, 2013 8:42 AM
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Anytime something like this happens I just feel terrible for the family for their loss. There is no price to be put on a life, it is just something you could never get back.


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Thursday, March 14, 2013 4:55 PM
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I feel terribly sorry for the family and wish them well. I wonder if there any cameras or bystanders who were with the kid since from what I know, 13 year-olds don't just drown in a 4-foot pool. Even his brother claimed that he was a good swimmer.

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Sunday, March 17, 2013 9:33 PM
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This story really got me down. This kid (he's 13, I'm not going to refer to him as a young man or guy) was probably having the best time of his life so far with his brother and parents at Disney World. This is a real shame, that something like this could happen at a Disney resort.

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Monday, March 18, 2013 12:05 AM

Well! I'm not sure why you're snarking at me. I guess the reason I referred to him as a guy and a young man is that I recall that when I was thirteen I was both. If you want to get all technical the correct term for a person that age is child.
And the fact that he was a child, or that this family lost a child at Disney makes it no more tragic than if it had happened at their neighborhood pool, where people might also be having the time of their lives.

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Monday, March 18, 2013 5:39 PM

I was at POP this past weekend and the guards were obviously on high alert. But, pools still unguarded after 10:00pm even though they are officially open until midnight.

And, for the life of me I don't know why hotels are exempt from having fences around pools when that is the law for residential pools in Florida.

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