CAPE CORAL, Fla. - WINK News is working to learn more about the tragic drowning of a boy on Saturday. Our crews were on scene as first responders tried to save the child at the Cape Coral Yacht Club.
Police say the boy was with a friend of the family the day he died.
Spending Memorial Day in the sun and the sand is at the top of five year old Lillian's to do list. Sarah Deleney is here to keep a close eye on her. "I always have the arm floaties on, I don't even turn my head for a second," she said.
She heard the heartbreaking news about Saturday's drowning. "I found out the second I got here. Now I'm even more nervous."
Cape Coral Police say it's here a boy was found dead in the water. Witnesses say he may have been underwater for more than 30 minutes. First responders were unable to revive him.
"I did see them pull a little boy out of the water. I just started crying," said witness Tina Fay, on Saturday.
"When people think about what a drowning would look like, they envision all of the splashing and loud noise and yelling, and calling for help. Truth be told, drowing can be a very quiet and very fast incident," said Detective Sgt. Dana Coston.
Brittney Chambers takes her children to the Yacht Club to swim every week. "It's difficult to keep an eye on them all the time, you want them to go out and play, and the best safety way I can think of is a life jacket," she said.
Police say it's also good to make sure your child knows how to swim, especially in a beach setting.
The Cape Coral Yacht Club beach has no lifeguard.
At this time, police are not releasing the age of the boy who died.