Boy, 8, drowns at birthday pool party

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – An 8-year-old boy drowned over the weekend during a birthday pool party at a Lancaster County hotel, according to the coroner.

John Harvilicz died Saturday at a hospital after sliding into the pool at the indoor water playground at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Lancaster, Coroner Dr. Stephen Diamantoni said.

Harvilicz, of Shrewsbury, apparently didn’t know how to swim and he was unattended when he went into the pool, Diamantoni said.

The boy was attending a party for someone else. Diamantoni said there was an attempt to resuscitate him by the pool, but he didn’t know if a lifeguard was on duty.

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