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Accident Information File


08/09/2003
Despite quick action by three young onlookers to get help, paramedics could not save a 7-year-old boy who fell into a water pit in Farmington, N.M. The victim was playing near the waters of a rock quarry pit with a friend when he slipped on rocks and fell in, according to the San Juan County Sheriff's Department. The boy apparently was underwater for approximately five minutes before three neighborhood girls ran to a nearby house to call 911. Paramedics tried to resuscitate the boy, but he was pronounced dead at a Farmington hospital. The quarry is fenced in with several gated entryways and signs that read: "No swimming or wading." (Source: Associated Press)