PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A young boy has passed away days after being pulled from a pool in Cobbs Creek, according to Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter.
Police say 7-year-old Jabriel O’Connor was found under the water of a community recreation center swimming pool in the 200 block of South 63rd Street on Thursday afternoon.
He was taken to at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where he was placed on life support.
On Friday, officials announced that Jabriel was brain-dead. The boy died on Saturday, according to Mayor Nutter who issued the following statement on Sunday.
“It is with the deepest sadness that I am reporting that Jabriel O’Connor passed away yesterday,” said Mayor Nutter. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Jabriel’s parents, family, friends, and all of the young people present at the Cobb’s Creek Recreation Center on Thursday as they grieve. The City will continue to provide support services to Jabriel’s family, the camp staff, City employees and community members affected by this tragedy. It is my hope that they can find strength and comfort from the support of their loved ones and the entire Philadelphia community at this difficult time.”
The boy was taking part in a private summer camp for children ages 5-8 years old. Officials say as many as 30 children and four counselors were in the pool, and four lifeguards were on the deck at the time of the incident.
Investigators questioned those lifeguards, but say they believe this was a tragic accident.