Mankato public pool temporarily closed following death of child

A Mankato public pool has been temporarily shut down following the death of a child.


The apparent drowning happened Saturday at Spring Lake Park Swim Facility in North Mankato, where officials are now conducting a "thorough review of the facility's safety procedures":


A release from the city says the victim was a local nine-year-old boy but does not identify him by name.


It's not clear yet when the pool will reopen, but the release says an announcement will be made on the city's website as well as on social media.


This is the second drowning incident involving a child at a public pool in Minnesota this weekend. On Friday afternoon, a 12-year-old boy was pulled from the water at North Commons Water Park in north Minneapolis and hospitalized.


Authorities believe the unidentified boy may have "climbed a fence around the pool and entered the water," as the fence was locked at the time.


A witness spotted him at the bottom of the pool and ran to a nearby business to call the police.


The boy was ultimately taken to Hennepin County Medical Center.



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