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DEVELOPING: Two Young Children Airlifted After Near Drowning – UPDATE

WEEKI WACHEE – Around 6:30 pm, RNRF received unconfirmed reports of two possible near drownings at the 5400 block of Darlene Street.

Sources tell RNRF that a one to two-year-old child was discovered floating in a body of water and was not responsive. An off duty EMT who was visiting the home was able to resuscitate the child.

We soon learned that a second child, around the same age, may have suffered a near drowning at the same location.

Both victims were transported to a landing zone at Weeki Wachee Christian Camp, where they were airlifted to an area trauma center.

RNRF is waiting on word from officials, regarding the condition of both victims.

UPDATE: According to Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson, Denise Moloney, the two children injured in the Saturday’s boating accident have been released from the hospital and are not expected to have medical issues from the incident. 

Moloney says there have been no reports of the boat being operated in a reckless manner, despite some witness accounts. “…one party in the boat stood up, causing the boat to shift, and the two small children to fall out,” according to Moloney. 

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  • Praise the lord Jesus Christ our savior and spiritual healer!!!

    Friday, 29 May 2015, 3:41 pm
  • To every single person here blaming the parents and wishing them bad… MAY all of your accidents and mistakes be rubbed in your face. May you have to pay double for all of you mistakes. I mean seriously!! There are lots of people here saying there was speeding and wreck less driving.. Unless you have a video to show us that is true then SHUT THE HECK UP!
    To all the people praying for the well being of these babies, thank you. I know god and his angles were there helping these babies. From what I have heard the babies are both home safe! Thank God!

    Tuesday, 7 April 2015, 2:48 pm
  • I do feel sad for those children and pray they are safe & ok now!

    Tuesday, 7 April 2015, 11:56 am
  • Not everyone that rents the boats are ignorant of safety with children,etc.I think this was due to poor parenting because as a caring, concerned parent myself I have taken my girls out on those canoes but with life jackets & with me at all times and watching everything around us.I am extremely cautious around water.

    Tuesday, 7 April 2015, 11:55 am
  • Blue dog said it perfect.

    Tuesday, 7 April 2015, 8:54 am
  • I hope the parents get a huge fine for unsafe operation of a boat ,in a no wake zone . and another fine for kids with no life jackets . and bayflight , the hospitals , fire department and all other first responders place a lien on the parents ,for all the costs associated with this.

    these were criminal incidents ,from what I hear and the parents need to pay for it. and the driver of the boat needs to have their rights to operate a boat terminated for good.

    and Jolene,,their isn’t no alarms or safety nets on a river. just stupid ,irresponsible boaters, and kayakers. half of them under the influence. It gets worse on the Weeki every year.

    the kayak and canoe rentals are out of control , with the mass majority of them with little to brains or experience.

    and the majority of the motor boat renters from the local marina are even worse.

    tougher restrictions need to be set in place . I’m personally getting tired of all the fools on the river

    Monday, 6 April 2015, 12:45 am
  • It was 2 kids that fell out of a boat without life jackets on the weeki wachee river in front of a house where a fire Captain lived. It was being at the right place at the right time. Also the supervising adult couldn’t swim and was saved from drowning also!!!

    Sunday, 5 April 2015, 11:33 pm
  • We celebrated resurrection Sunday today. It sounds like this special EMT resurrected this child. What a gift to their parents. Praise the Lord.

    Sunday, 5 April 2015, 10:11 pm
  • Thank you Mr EMT Your training and quick response saved a life.

    Sunday, 5 April 2015, 2:21 pm
  • i watched this happen the parents were being freaking stupid they had the babies on the boat no life jacket and they were hanging off the back of the boat right by the motor going about 25 30 mph it was freaking insane we were right behind them and they where going so fast whipping around a corner the 2 babies fell off i see some stuff is getting left out

    Sunday, 5 April 2015, 12:07 pm
  • May GOD Bless us all on this wonderful Easter Day!

    Sunday, 5 April 2015, 10:12 am
  • Beautiful day,family enjoying,= drinking,( probably) thank god for off duty ent.,people lets make better choices

    Sunday, 5 April 2015, 10:02 am
  • Prayers for these two children. .

    Saturday, 4 April 2015, 10:50 pm
  • Sending prayers!

    Saturday, 4 April 2015, 10:03 pm
  • Jolene, don’t be so quick to pass blame. My two year old nearly drowned and it was NOT due to no supervision. There was a pool fence but it was open because a lot of people were over. With all the eyes around she STILL fell in. Accidents happen. Prayers go to the families of these children.

    Saturday, 4 April 2015, 9:52 pm
  • It was the river not a pool.

    Saturday, 4 April 2015, 9:46 pm
  • In the name of Jesus I pray for divine healing for both of these children. help us as parents and grandparents to be cognizant of the things going around us, to not be sidetracked by the things of this world but to care for those in our care.

    Saturday, 4 April 2015, 9:30 pm
  • Pray everyone for these kids.

    Saturday, 4 April 2015, 9:04 pm
  • This is such a tragic accident..there are more and more drownings in children. My prayers go out to the family ..there’s an amazing swim instructor in weeki wachee , she teaches kids from 6 months and up..it truely is a god sent in what she does. . absolutely a must now days with children that live with a pool. In a matter of days children are already learning to self rescue. I highly recommend her..I just hate to see accidents like this..please please see Brigitte with Aquaminnies. ..

    Saturday, 4 April 2015, 9:02 pm
  • Pool alarms, door alarms, locked doors, pool gate…. not rocket science…. thank you God for keeping YOUR angels safe…..

    Saturday, 4 April 2015, 8:48 pm

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