Girl, 9, drowns in pool in Menlo Park


A 9-year-old girl, Lahee Hong of Menlo Park, died Tuesday night as a result of a drowning at an apartment community pool in the 300 block of Sharon Park Drive in Menlo Park, police reported.

Lahee accidentally fell in the pool while trying to retrieve a ball, according to Menlo Park police spokeswoman Nicole Acker. "It was an unfortunate accident," Ms. Acker said. "Our condolences go out to the family."

At 5 p.m. Tuesday, fire crews and police officers were called to the 300 block of Sharon Park Drive and found the girl near the apartment swimming pool unconscious and not breathing, police said.

Medical personnel administered CPR in an attempt to resuscitate her, and continued to do so as she was taken to Stanford Medical Center. Medical staff there also administered CPR.

Despite these efforts, the girl was pronounced dead by the attending physician, police said.

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Posted by reader
a resident of Mountain View
on Jul 16, 2014 at 8:51 am

The worst news is reading about the death of a child, but even harder to hear about the loss of a local child. May she rest in peace. My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to her family.

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Posted by jan
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jul 16, 2014 at 11:24 am

SO SAD. agree with (reader).

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Posted by Dennis
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Jul 16, 2014 at 1:58 pm

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Posted by no blame
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 16, 2014 at 2:21 pm

Lets not blame anyone for this. Yes, swimming lessons at a young age can help, but not all families can afford this or have the resources to arrange this, and it does nothing after the fact. So sorry to hear of this loss.

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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 16, 2014 at 7:21 pm

Without the facts of what took place, it is disrespectful and dishonest to blame anyone or anything under these circumstances.

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Posted by UC Davis Grad
a resident of Mountain View
on Jul 16, 2014 at 7:29 pm

Amen to that, Crescent Park Dad. I would also add that no matter the circumstances, a family has suffered a tremendous loss, and that should always be considered when rendering a verdict.

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Posted by Saddest Story Ever
a resident of College Terrace
on Jul 17, 2014 at 2:45 pm

I read today in the PA Daily News that it seems no adults were present when the poor child fell into the pool. Apparently she was playing with other children when the ball they were playing will went into the pool and she tried to retrieve it. When police and paramedics arrived, she was alone and laying unconscious beside the pool--no one knows who pulled her out, but obviously someone did not know what to do, though someone called 911. It is unknown how long she was underwater.

This is just the worst imaginable tragedy.

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Posted by neighbor
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 18, 2014 at 9:21 am

Apparently a service worker at the apartment complex dove in to retrieve the child out of the pool. I also saw that signs were clearly posted at the complex pool, indicating children must be supervised. This is just common sense.

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Posted by So Sorry
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 18, 2014 at 12:41 pm

To the Family: I am so very sorry for your unimaginable loss.

Perhaps the city needs to do more in the way of outreach to educate folks in CPR, in several different languages.

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Posted by Daquita
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 21, 2014 at 9:02 pm

My condolences goes out to the family.

At the same time why was the pool accessible to children?

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Posted by tragic
a resident of Addison School
on Jul 27, 2014 at 10:03 pm

Really.....I live at that apartment complex......just a few steps away from the pool.....that pool is always packed with kids and families and is so sad and unfortunate what happened to that precious 9 year old.....her mother was actually at the pool with a friend and didn't notice what was the 11 year old friend of the sweet 9 year old that called 911.....they were playing with a ball and she went to retrieve it, hit her head doing so and became was a apartment office manager that heard the screams and ran and jumped into the pool where she was at the bottom of the pool and tried to rescue her......this should have never heart does go out to the family, but my heart truly goes out to her friend who called 911 for help.....she has to live with this the rest of her life........these pools should never be unsupervised by parents.....unfortunately, parents let their children swim without any adult supervision......after this drowning, which was horrific, I was walking my dog and noticed four children climb over the smaller pool and run around the pool without NO parental control....PARENTS you need to be responsible for your children......DO NOT EXPECT others to do it for you.....

I was heartsick over this horrible tragedy.......please pay attention to your children while they are swimming, no matter how old they are or how well they swim.......I am soooo sorry for the family and little friends who will never get over this......God Bless you and may God heal your heart......

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