UPDATE: Pools remain closed, drowning victims identified - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Lori Brown

UPDATE: Pools remain closed, drowning victims identified

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - All Memphis city swimming pools will be closed Monday, officials said in a press release.

The announcement came after two teenagers died Saturday afternoon in separate accidental drownings at Memphis city pools on the very first day the pools opened for the season. Now the community is questioning how to better protect our children in the water this summer.

Cameron Hogg, age 13, was transported from the Pine Hill Community Center to Lebonheur Children’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival at 2:30 pm Saturday.

Just 30 minutes later, Demavius Bailey, age 15, was pronounced dead at Methodist South after being pulled from the water at the Westwood Community Center swimming pool.

The parks department isn't commenting on either drowning until the investigations are complete, but will likely release reports on the incidents sometime next week.

Witnesses at Pinehill pool said a lifeguard pulled the teen from the crowded pool and performed CPR, but it was too late.

Memphis city swimming pools are required to have a certified lifeguard on duty at all times.

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