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Chilling Details of New Canaan Boy’s Drowning Emerge in Arrest Warrant Application

The 5-year-old New Canaan boy who nearly died after drowning last month at Chelsea Piers in Stamford struggled visibly at the surface of the pool as he drifted toward its deep end, flailing his arms, sinking and pushing off of the bottom to take a final breath before sinking again and losing consciousness, according to a Stamford Police Department arrest warrant application. Surveillance video also shows that a lifeguard—charged last week in connection with the incident—though he walked past that area of the pool twice, failed both times to look toward the water where the unconscious boy’s body was submerged, according to surveillance video cited in the application by Officer Christopher Friel of the Stamford Police Department’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation-Crimes Against Persons Unit. (more…) Continue Reading →

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New Canaan Man, 23, Charged in Connection with Nonfatal Drowning of Young Boy at Chelsea Piers: Report

A 23-year-old New Canaan man faces a felony charge as a lifeguard responsible for overseeing a pool at Chelsea Piers in Stamford where a local boy drowned last month and nearly died as a result, according to The Advocate. The Stamford newspaper reports that Zachary Stein of New Canaan has been charged with risk of injury to a minor as well as reckless endangerment. On Aug. 3, the 5-year-old boy remained underwater for about four minutes before Stein spotted him, pulled him out of the water and, together with another lifeguard, performed CPR, according to The Advocate. Miraculously, the New Canaan boy recovered after spending four days at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital, officials have said. Continue Reading →

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