BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - Two children drowned Tuesday in separate incidents just hours apart in Boynton Beach and Riviera Beach.
Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Teri Barbera said a 3-year-old was playing in the water with other children at the Boynton Beach Inlet when someone noticed the child in distress.
A lifeguard administered CPR until rescue units arrived and took the boy to Bethesda Hospital East. The boy later died.
Barbera said the drowning appears to be a "tragic accident."
Several hours later, a resident saw a 7-year-old boy enter a retention pond in Riviera Beach and tried to find him.
Riviera Beach police spokeswoman Rose Anne Brown said three officers eventually found the boy, who died at a hospital.
The officers were placed on administrative leave pending an evaluation of fitness to return to duty after a traumatic event.
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