Young Girl Drowns in San Mateo Lagoon

The 3-year-old girl was found unresponsive in the lagoon after wandering away from home.

A 3-year-old girl died in an apparent drowning after falling into the San Mateo Lagoon on Saturday afternoon, San Mateo police said Saturday night.

Emergency personnel responded to a 911 call at about 4:15 p.m. from a family in the 1500 block of Day Street, who reported their young daughter had wandered away from their home and was missing, San Mateo Police Sgt. Dave Norris said.

Police officers responded and searched for the child, who was quickly located unresponsive in a lagoon close to the family's apartment, Norris said.

Officers administered CPR until San Mateo fire personnel and American Medical Response paramedics arrived, who continued CPR but were unable to revive the girl.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The San Mateo Coroner's Office responded to take over the investigation, and authorities are calling the case a "tragic accidental death."

San Mateo Police and Fire Personnel are assisting the family in their time of grief.

Se Park June 19, 2012 at 05:03 PM
That's just weird. Why are you asking for donations? If this really is your niece, my sympathies to you and your family. What a terrible thing to happen.
Brian Ginna June 19, 2012 at 06:01 PM
why is it "weird?" They need help. http://www.mercurynews.com/health/ci_20886670/donations-sought-help-pay-funeral-drowned-san-mateo
Jo Tog June 19, 2012 at 06:49 PM
What about those Dads that drowned in the Delta? They left 17 kids. Sad.
frank June 19, 2012 at 07:50 PM
The men that drowned in the delta was indeed a horrible tragedy, however they all had a choice to wear a life vest, and they didn't. I too am guilty of not wearing one, but never again will I go without one, after these poor guys lost their life,
frank June 19, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Thanks for posting this, a funeral cost upwards of 10k or more, how horrible for this family to have this added to their pain


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