2 boys drown hours apart in Boynton Beach, Riviera Beach

3-year-old pulled from Boynton Beach Inlet; 7-year-old pulled from retention pond

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A 3-year-old boy drowned while playing in the water at the Boynton Beach Inlet.

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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