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2-year-old WBR Parish boy drowns at Biloxi resort; police call it ‘horrible accident’

A 2-year-old boy from Port Allen drowned in a pool at the Margaritaville Resort in Biloxi, Miss. this weekend.
Published: May. 23, 2022 at 10:08 AM CDT|Updated: May. 23, 2022 at 6:14 PM CDT
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BILOXI, Miss. (WAFB/WLOX/Gray News) - A 2-year-old boy from Port Allen drowned in a pool at the Margaritaville Resort in Biloxi, Miss. this weekend.

Biloxi police called the incident a horrible accident, saying the investigation found no indication of any criminal activity. Security video of the pool was reviewed as part of the investigation.

Harrison County Coroner Brian Switzer told WDSU-TV the boy was taken to Merit Health where he was pronounced dead just after 5 p.m. Sunday. Switzer added he does not release names in pediatric cases.

WLOX-TV in Biloxi reports other guests who were at the pool on Sunday described the scene as chaotic. One visitor told WLOX-TV that the pool area was packed all weekend with adults and children.

Biloxi Police Department Capt. Milton Houseman told the Sun Herald newspaper that the child and his family were in Biloxi on vacation.

Margaritaville managers issued a statement saying they are “deeply saddened by this tragic accident.”

“We are heartbroken and our prayers are with the parents and family in this difficult time,” the statement read.

A spokesperson with Margaritaville also clarified to WLOX that the pool has attendants, not lifeguards, who are certified in CPR.

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