5-year-old boy found unconscious on Parc Jean Drapeau beach in Montreal

 MONTREAL – Montreal Police are on the scene of another possible child drowning, this time at Parc Jean Drapeau.

Danny Richer, a police spokesperson, said a child was “found unconscious” at a beach on Ile Sainte Hélène around noon Wednesday.

Speaking on television, Richer said that a 5-year-old boy was pulled from the water.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation was attempted the child was transported to hospital with a pulse – but he cautioned the boy remains in critical condition.

The child’s family has been alerted.

Richer said several day camps were visiting the beach this morning, but he could not say how many people were in the area.

Parc Jean Drapeau is now closed.

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So far this year 44 people in Quebec have died due to drowning. If another life is claimed, the toll will rise to 45.

The safety of backyard pools in private homes has been called into question after a series of toddlers died.

Drownings in public pools and beaches are less frequent, although Quebec’s coroner has highlighted the issue of proper supervision on school trips and at water parks.

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