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Girl, 11, Dies After Freak Accident in Toms River Lagoon

Police Lights (Photo: Jason Rojas/Flickr)

Police Lights (Photo: Jason Rojas/Flickr)

Despite the frantic efforts of responding police officers to revive a child following a freak accident in a township lagoon, an 11-year-old girl succumbed to her injuries Saturday,

According to police, officers were called to 45 Tobago Avenue at 8:12 p.m. Saturday, police spokesman Ralph Stocco said. They immediately took over CPR and used an automate defibrillator on the girl, visiting from Newark, who name was not released.

According to police, the victim and two other girls were were using an inflatable raft and swimming in the lagoon behind the home.

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“The girls were wearing lifejackets and in the presence of adults,” Stocco said.

Two of the girls apparently touched the rail of a metal boat lift and electric current appears to have energized the equipment, causing the injury. The child was visiting friends at the Tobago Avenue address, Stocco said.

The two other juvenile girls that accompanied her were evaluated at the scene and determined to not be injured, said Stocco.

The victim was taken to Community Medical Center where she succumbed to her injuries a few hours later, according to police.

Police offered their condolences in a statement issued Sunday.

The incident is under investigation by Toms River Police Detectives Louis Santora and James Carey. Also participating are Ocean County Prosecutors Office Detective Woodfield and Ocean County Sheriff’s Department C.S.I. Sergeant Deleeuw and Officer Menke.