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Harnett authorities investigate near drowning

Posted May 28, 2009

— Harnett County authorities were investigating the near drowning of a 3-year-old boy Thursday afternoon.

The incident occurred at 26 Oak Landing in Sanford shortly after noon, authorities said.

The boy was at a birthday party and was playing with other children in a small “beach area” at a lake behind the residence, authorities said. Parents and other adults were watching the children playing in the water and saw the boy floating in the area, authorities said.

The boy was taken out of the water, and a nurse attending the party immediately started CPR, authorities said. The boy was transported to Cape Fear Valley Hospital, but his condition was unknown Thursday evening.


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  • Panther May 29, 2009

    Fuquay, thanks for the update of information. I was going on what one of the mothers told me, and yes she was still upset.

  • sssh.. whisper May 29, 2009

    "Parents and other adults were watching the children playing in the water and saw the boy floating in the area"

    First of all this was a 3 year old... if the parents had been watching like they should have been instead of talking then the "near drowning" wouldn't have happened. And honestly, if the kids were playing in the water there really should've been an adult in the water with them.

  • Fuquay Resident May 29, 2009

    Panther, you were given some misleading information. There was a paramedic on the scene within a few minutes. It is true that the fire station is located about 1.5 miles away, this is a VOLUNTER EMS. They are not fully staffed 24/7 and the EMTs have to come from their homes or jobs to answer calls. I was listening to the call on my scanner and I don't think that it was 35 minutes like you were told, maybe 20 minutes but I wasn't timing them. The child may have been taken to Cape Fear Valley because Central Carolina in Sanford was on diversion meaning no patients may be brought in or only criical patients may be brought in. This would not have been an issue if Good Hope had been allowed to build a hospital in Lillington insteas of Wake Med getting the approval and now putting the hospital on hold "due to the economy". There would have been a new hospital in Lillington over 3 years ago if Wake Med hadn't been so greedy.

  • Panther May 29, 2009

    What was not in the story is the time it took emergency responders to arrive at the site. A fire station is located within 1.5 miles from the home. I was told by one of the mothers that it took over 35 minutes for the ambulance to arrive. My question is also why the child was not taken to the nearest hospital which is Sanford. There is more to this story than WRAL wants to print or should I say investigated? No reporters were at the house so I guess they rely heavily on scanners or police reports.

  • skewlteachrmommy May 29, 2009

    No people, someone can drown and be rescued with CPR!! Duh- you obviously have never been trained in first aid. Some people on here have no common sense!! Wonder what you'd do if your child drowned??

  • Fuquay Resident May 28, 2009

    DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT, perhaps what happened was the kid was not breathing and someone performed CPR and got him/her breathing again, that would be a near drowning.

  • chuckandlaurie May 28, 2009

    Where this incident took place happens to be in Harnett County but is in the postal zip code of Sanford. There is actually a large portion of Sanford loacted in Harnett County. The town of Spring Lake is another community that is simular in that it is loacted in Harnett and Cumberland County. It is all kind of weird out here in the boonies!

  • redstarlean May 28, 2009

    "I thought Sanford was in Lee county, not harnett."

    Are you trying to confuse people with facts? ; )

  • beatsthehelloutofme May 28, 2009

    I thought Sanford was in Lee county, not harnett.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT May 28, 2009

    "Harnett County authorities were investigating a near drowning Thursday afternoon."

    Huh?!@ So the "near drowning" victim coughed a few times and went back to the picnic. What is there to "investigate"? This is like a small town fire department with nothing to do but rescue cats out of trees.