Boy found by diver pronounced dead at hospital
Hollywood Police confirm that the boy found by a diver at John U. Lloyd Beach Park on Monday was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Police said that strong currents pulled the boy around noon time. BSO and a helicopter assisted in the search.
The child was transported to Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in pretty bad shape.
Family members have been pouring in and out of the hospital. Many of those relatives were crying and screaming.
Beachgoers said that the child was barely responsive when his body washed ashore around 3 p.m. Monday afternoon.
"They made a circle around him and started praying. Raising their hands," said one witness Bryan Amilivia. "They started putting breath in him and water came out of his mouth, but he wasn't breathing and they just kept pumping and pumping him."
The boy had a faint pulse while he was en route to the hospital.
Red flag warnings were up on the beach. The walkway to the area where the family was with the child had a sign warning that no life guards were on-duty.
It remains unclear just how experienced the boy was as a swimmer.