Water safety event educates parents about drowning dangers


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Twin baby boys were found lying facedown in a Port Charlotte swimming pool. One died at the pool. The other died three days later. Their father and Cape Coral officials don’t want another parent to see a day of fun turn tragic.

Whether on the beach or at a swimming pool, one dad says things can change quickly in the blink of an eye. Christian and Joshua DeMello had just celebrated their first birthday. A month later in 2010, they were dead.

“It was the worst one-two punch I’ve ever experienced in my life,” said Paul DeMello, the boys’ father and water safety advocate.

DeMello got a phone call about his twins drowning at their grandparents’ house. “It still brings a tear to my eye, DeMello said.

DeMello is warning parents to do all they can to avoid losing their kids. “They should realize that adult supervision is definitely number one, but we are all guilty of taking our eyes off our children,” he said.

ABC-7.com WZVN News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral

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