Six-year-old dies in backyard pool tragedy

MANITOWANING–A Manitowaning family is grieving after their six-year-old son, Gavin Otosquaiob, passed away tragically Saturday. The little boy was discovered drowned in the family’s backyard pool.

On Saturday, August 24 at 4:24 pm, Manitoulin OPP responded to a 911 call to a residence on Albert Street in Manitowaning. Police were responding to a report of a child who had fallen into a pool and CPR was being administered.

Officers arrived on scene and observed the father administering CPR to his six- year-old son. OPP officers relieved the father and continued resuscitation efforts before paramedics arrived on the scene and continued resuscitation. Members of the Assiginack Volunteer Fire Department also arrived on scene to assist. The child was immediately transported to the Manitoulin Health Centre in Little Current. After an extensive attempt of resuscitation by the medical staff at the hospital, the boy was pronounced dead by the attending doctor.

After investigation, police learned that the parents and their five children were present inside the home at the time of the incident. The child had briefly made his way outside of the residence and was quickly discovered in the pool by his parents.

The local coroner attended the hospital and ordered a post mortem examination at Sudbury Heath Science North for Monday, August 26 to determine the exact cause of death.