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6-Year-Old Philadelphia Girl Drowns in Pool at Motel in Wildwood

Police say the 6-year-old girl entered the deep end of the pool and went underwater before she was found several minutes later.

Friends and family are mourning a young girl who drowned at a pool in Wildwood, New Jersey.

Police say the 6-year-old Philadelphia girl, identified as Isabella Grattic, was visiting the Nantucket Inn & Suites at 4100 Ocean Avenue in Wildwood with her family members back on July 8. 

Grattic was in a pool at the motel around 4:30 p.m. when she entered the deep end and went underwater before she was found several minutes later. Several tenants at the motel took the girl out of the pool and began rendering CPR. Grattic was then taken to the Cape Regional Medical Center where she was pronounced dead several hours later.

Police say there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the girl’s death but they continue to investigate. Posted signs at the pool where the incident occurred stated no lifeguard was on duty, something Grattic's grandmother told NBC10 she hopes will change.

"The attorney general, the governor, has to understand that he has to make a state law, a state law that any pool that's open to the public, that there must be a lifeguard, it's mandatory that a life guard be on hand," Helen Williams said while in tears during a vigil for the girl Monday. "Isabella had no help."

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