CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (KIII/CBS Newspath/WNCN) – A toddler girl died after she fell into an RV park’s septic tank last week in Texas.
The two-year-old girl died Wednesday evening around 5:30 p.m. at the Paradise Lagoons RV Resort off of Highway 35 and Highway 188.
The body of the girl was recovered after she fell about 15 to 20 feet into the tank that had about 2 to 3 feet of water in it.
Bystanders first tried to get into that tank but were hindered by small openings.
When fire crews arrived the small child was visible in the water approximately 15 feet below ground.
Fire and rescue crews with Rockport, Fulton, Aransas Pass, and Ingleside all worked together to try and save the child, but by the time rescuers reached, the 2-year-old was unresponsive.
“Unfortunately the child had been underwater for a significant period of time, and when she was removed from the septic tank she had passed away,” Rockport fire officials said.
People at the scene said efforts to save the girl involved many.
“We had a local business with a backhoe respond in minutes upon our request, several community members in the RV Park, a true community effort to try and save the child,” Gillian Cox said.
KIII-TV was informed that a couple of firefighters who took part in the recovery had to go to the hospital as a precaution.
“This is a terrible tragedy for the family of this child, her neighbors who witnessed the event, and all of the first responders who assisted in the recovery,” fire officials said.
Investigators say that there is no foul play suspected.
“Unfortunately, there is no one fool-proof way to keep our little ones safe, but we should all always keep an extra eye on children especially near bodies of water (including pools) and around any motor vehicles, always make sure they are in proper restraint systems in vehicles, and make sure you are nearby and paying attention while they are eating,” said officials.
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