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Boy drowns while attending academic camp

LEXINGTON - Officials say a 13-year-old boy has drowned while attending an academic camp at Transylvania University in Lexington.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the coroner's office said in a statement on Tuesday that the boy was pronounced dead Monday after arriving at the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital.

The coroner's office didn't release the child's identity or hometown at the request of his family.

The statement said the boy was found "unresponsive" in the pool at the William T. Young Campus Center on Transylvania's campus.

The university said the teen was attending a weeklong residential academic camp called Introduction to Java Programming, and was participating in the camp's recreational activities.

The coroner's statement said the death is being investigated as accidental.

Lexington Fire Department Maj. Daniel Bellot said the first emergency crews arrived to find the boy out of the pool and first aid being administered.

"What we were told is that he apparently hit the diving board," Bellot said.

Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said Tuesday afternoon officers watched a video and determined that was inaccurate information.

"We have reviewed the video; we have actually seen the incident, and there was no diving board involved at all," Roberts said, adding that it shows what happened "very clearly."

Transylvania officials said two lifeguards and an assistant swimming coach performed CPR and applied an automated external defibrillator until emergency crews arrived.

The university said it was canceling the rest of the Java camp and a college preparation camp that were both being held this week. It has also closed the pool until further notice.

Transylvania President R. Owen Williams offered condolences Tuesday in a statement.

"In the midst of these tragic circumstances, our hearts go out to this young student's family and friends, as well as the other students on our campus affected by this incident," Williams said.


Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com

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