Two toddlers perished in a potential drowning incident in Oklahoma City on Tuesday, making it the second such tragedy to occur in the region in the past week.
The victims, both aged two years old, were discovered in a body of water near their home late in the evening. Paramedics rushed to the scene but were unable to revive the children, who were declared dead at the location.
The cause of the incident remains unclear, however, it appears that the toddlers wandered away from their parents’ home and ended up in the water. The Oklahoma City Fire Department is conducting an investigation into the accident in order to determine the exact circumstances.
This is the second incident of this nature to occur in the area in the last seven days, following the drowning of a three-year-old in nearby Tulsa. In light of the recent tragedies, authorities in Oklahoma City have issued a warning to parents to be extra vigilant when it comes to supervising their young children near bodies of water.
The Oklahoma City Fire Department has also announced that it will be increasing its water safety education efforts in the community. Firefighters will be visiting local schools and community centers to provide children and parents with important information about the dangers of water, and how to stay safe.
The victims’ families have requested privacy during this difficult time, and have not yet released a statement.
Tuesday’s tragedy serves as a stark reminder of the risks posed by unsupervised access to water, and the importance of ensuring that young children are always kept in sight during outdoor activities.