A plastic solar panel ended the life of a four-year-old child in Gouverneur County, New York last month. Police have ruled the drowning an accident.
Reports say that Thomas Keith Vanschaick, of Lisbon, NY, had been at a barbecue with his parents when the accident happened. The tragedy, which happened in an above-ground pool, occurred when the child wandered away from the main family group by himself.
Reportedly, he somehow slipped into the pool and got caught under its solar cover. He was reportedly found by his father, Charles T Vanschaick, as his mother, Sarah J. Cota, also searched for him.
Water safety - and water rescue - come into sharper focus as ice melts and spring arrives. Although backyard pool water injury and death are common year-round, many more people need assistance during the vacations seasons of spring and summer. In the event of an accident, knowing your rights are critical. The Doan Law Firm, P.C. has many hours of direct experience with water injury and can give advice on what to do if tragedy does strike. Contact The Doan Law Firm, P.C. today.