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Postby Happy Mom » Sat Jun 24, 2017 7:26 am

Update: DNR and Elkhart Police investigating a 10-year-old's death at Ideal Beach
by Heather Black, WSBT 22's ReporterFriday, June 23rd 2017
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Ideal Beach, the scene of a drowning on Friday // WSBT 22 photo
Ideal Beach in Elkhart.
Indiana's DNR says a second boy had to be rescued from the water this afternoon.
The facility closed after this incident.
The park and swimming area was closed most of the afternoon. But investigators were on scene -- interviewing staff to find out what happened.
First responders were called to an incident at Ideal Beach in Elkhart around one o'clock....
"Lifeguards had pulled one 9 year old from the water and located a 10 year old and also pulled him from the water. Rushed them to the hospital here in Elkhart,” said Jonathon Boyd.
The 9-year-old is in fair condition at this time.
Unfortunately, 10-year-old Jamal Turpin died at Elkhart General Hospital.

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ELKHART — An investigation is under way after a 10-year-old died at Ideal Beach in Elkhart.
Indiana's DNR says a second boy had to be rescued from the water this afternoon.
The facility closed after this incident.
The park and swimming area was closed most of the afternoon. But investigators were on scene -- interviewing staff to find out what happened.
First responders were called to an incident at Ideal Beach in Elkhart around one o'clock....
"Lifeguards had pulled one 9 year old from the water and located a 10 year old and also pulled him from the water. Rushed them to the hospital here in Elkhart,” said Jonathon Boyd.
The 9-year-old is in fair condition at this time.
Unfortunately, 10-year-old Jamal Turpin died at Elkhart General Hospital.
Indiana Conservation Officer Boyd says he was under water for some time.
"The other boy was missing and they searched for him using human chain. They lock arms with other people at the beach and scan the bottom of the water. They located him. Pulled him up and rushed him to EMS that was already on scene,” said Boyd.
The director of Ideal Beach told me she wouldn't comment on what happened today and referred questions to the mayor's office.
Boyd says in this case it seems to be a case of weak swimmer.
"It just appears to be that some boys out swimming in the water and not swimmers and got themselves to the point where they were struggling. The one boy struggled and also caused the other boy that he was swimming with to struggle as well,” said Boyd.
Boyd wants to remind people of all ages to take safety precautions.
"If you're going to be out in the water or in the water, have that PFD on. Even if you're added a guarded beach in an ideal situation,” said Boyd.
The 10-year-old's death is under investigation by the DNR.
With help from Elkhart Police Department.
His autopsy is scheduled for Saturday morning.
It's unclear when the park will reopen.

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