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12-year-old who drowned at Fairview Heights hotel was in town for a graduation

Child drowns trying to hold breath at hotel pool

A 12-year-old boy from Florida drowned in the Drury Inn pool while trying to hold his breath underwater Tuesday morning at the hotel near St. Louis, MO. Fairview Heights, IL. Police are investigating.
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A 12-year-old boy from Florida drowned in the Drury Inn pool while trying to hold his breath underwater Tuesday morning at the hotel near St. Louis, MO. Fairview Heights, IL. Police are investigating.

Officials have released the identity of the 12-year-old boy who drowned at a Fairview Heights hotel Tuesday morning.

Lewis Renard Scott, III, from Jacksonville, Fla., was in town with his family for a high school graduation, said Calvin Dye Sr., St. Clair County coroner.

Lewis was swimming with his older sister and toddler brother at the Drury Inn, 12 Ludwig Drive, when he tried to see how long he could hold his breath under water, according to a Fairview Heights police news release.

As the sister watched the toddler, the 12-year-old remained under water for a couple of minutes until his family was able to pull him out. His father and responding officers administered CPR until EMS took over.

After the boy was transported to an area hospital, he was later pronounced dead from an apparent drowning. At this point, police are unsure of why the victim was unable to resurface, as his family described him as a good swimmer.

Dye said the tentative cause of Lewis’ death is drowning, but they are still waiting for more tests to come back.

The Drury Inn declined to make a statement on the incident.

Editor’s note: The child’s name was incorrect in the original version of this story. It has been updated. BND regrets its error.

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