Boy Dies After Small Boat Capsizes on Berks County Farm Retention Pond - NBC 10 Philadelphia

Boy Dies After Small Boat Capsizes on Berks County Farm Retention Pond

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    (Published Thursday, July 11, 2019)

    Authorities say a 5-year-old boy died while playing in a stormwater retention basin on a family farm in Berks County, Pennsylvania.

    Andrew Martin was playing with some other boys in several feet of water that had collected Thursday in the basin in Oley after a day of heavy rains. They were in a small kayak or paddle board that flipped over about 8:15 p.m.

    The boys who were with Martin ran into the family home to get help and a parent called 911. But Martin was unconscious in the pond when responders arrived and was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

    Authorities say the death was not related to the flash flooding that occurred throughout region on Thursday.

    An investigation into the death is ongoing.

    A mother and her child also died during Thursday's storm. Their bodies were found inside a car after floodwaters overwhelmed the area.