A young child drowns in a residential swimming pool in Portneuf

A young child drowns in a residential swimming pool in Portneuf

A toddler drowned in a private swimming pool in Saint-Marc-des-Carrières in Portneuf last Saturday, we learned on Monday.

The emergency services were called to intervene around 4 p.m. on Principale Avenue for a person in distress.

Resuscitation maneuvers were performed on the young victim, whose exact age was not released by the authorities.

The child was transported to the hospital center where, unfortunately, he was pronounced dead.

Media attention was only drawn to this event on Monday.

So far, little is known about the circumstances surrounding the tragedy. According to Sûreté du Québec spokeswoman Hélène St-Pierre, it’s too early to move forward.

“As with any death of a small child,” the Major Crimes Investigation Service and Forensic Identification Service were dispatched to the scene to shed light on the crime, she said.

The thesis of the accident is not excluded.

According to the Quebec Lifesaving Society, there have been 45 drownings since the beginning of the year through Monday, compared to 54 at the same time in 2021.

In Quebec, nearly seven out of ten people drown in natural settings. Drowning in swimming pools accounts for about 15% of incidents, according to the organization.