Teenager who died in International Drive hotel pool was visiting for Father’s Day, MPs say
ORANGE COUNTY, Florida. – The Orange County Sheriff’s Office has identified the teenager who drowned at Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive last month.
An incident report said Michael Davis Jr. was visiting from Ohio on June 17 with his father as they hung out by the pool. His father told MPs the trip was to celebrate Father’s Day as he recently won custody of the 14-year-old, records show.
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The two met another family who was on vacation and staying at the resort. The teenager befriended the family’s 10-year-old daughter and the two swam in the pool for several hours. The teenager’s father, Michael Davis Sr., went up to their bedroom to charge his cell phone while the daughter mother looked after the children.
As the mother prepared to order food for the children, she heard her daughter call out to her as she pulled the teenager from the bottom of the pull-up, according to the report.
Records show the two children swam and played in the deep end of the pool, which is at least 8 feet deep. The girl told MPs the teenager was crying for help as he struggled over the water and grabbed her, but she believed he was playing. When it sank, the girl swam to the edge of the pool. The teenager has not resurfaced, according to investigators.
The 10-year-old checked underwater and saw the teenager stood still, witnesses said. It was then that she grabbed him and pulled him towards the shallow end. His mother rushed into the pool to get him out, the sheriff’s office said.
About 10 minutes later, Davis heard someone yelling at him to go back to the pool “because his son may have drowned,” the report said. Davis rushed to the pool to see several people performing CPR on the unresponsive child.
MPs believe the teenager stayed underneath for perhaps two to three minutes. First responders arrived at the resort pool and implemented rescue tactics.
The boy was taken to Orlando Health Dr. P. Phillips Hospital in critical condition and later died, authorities said.
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