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Teen Holds Breath Underwater, Drowns In Pool

DELAWARE WATER GAP, Pa. (AP) — Police in eastern Pennsylvania say a teenager died in a backyard swimming pool after he swam to the deep end intending to hold his breath.

Officials said 12-year-old Daekwon White of New York City was pulled from the pool in Delaware Water Gap in Monroe County at 3:20 p.m. Friday by relatives who gave him CPR.

He was later taken to Pocono Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Police said White and a cousin were swimming in the pool and the teen swam to the deep end and indicated he was going to hold his breath before going under.

An autopsy is scheduled Monday at Lehigh Valley Hospital. Police said foul play is not suspected.

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  • pattiann1970

    No one at any age should ever swim alone. Anything coud happen at any time to anyone. Common sense. SMH…..

  • Bo

    Was no one watching them? Home pool or not there still should have been more supervision. Im a life guard and adults are not even advised to swim unsupervised let alone a 12 year old who is likely to do something silly and injure himself. His death is so sad. My condolence and prayers for the family and this sad lost of a young life.

    • Me

      “adults are not even advised to swim unsupervised..”

      So I guess even full grown adults aren’t allowed to be full grown adults anymore.

  • Jerry Buller

    Since when is “12” considered a teenager?

    • anonne omious

      12 years old became a teenager when the requirements to be a journalist were lowered by the average uneducated blogger.

      • Mark in Houston

        Huh? You’re saying that bloggers set the standards and style guidelines for professional journalists? What? Oh… dog whistle… it’s Glen Beck’s fault, right?

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