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Swan Lake, NY - Funeral Today For BP Boy Who Drowned In Catskills Pool

Published on: July 11, 2016 11:28 AM
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A poster announcing the death of 4-year-old Shimon Weiss seen in Borough Park, July, 11, 2016. A poster announcing the death of 4-year-old Shimon Weiss seen in Borough Park, July, 11, 2016.

Swan Lake, NY - A Borough Park boy who fell into a bungalow colony pool yesterday died early this morning at a Westchester County hospital.

Shimon Weiss was at the KMS Bungalow Colony on Mount Hope Road in Swan Lake with his family when the four year old wandered off alone Sunday afternoon and apparently climbed the fence surrounding the colony’s swimming pool, according to a relative who asked not to be identified.

Family members noticed that the little boy had gone missing at approximately 6:15 PM and began searching for him.  The boy’s father checked the pool and discovered his son in the water.

Catskills Hatzolah was called to the scene and the child taken to Catskill Regional Medical Center before being airlifted to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla where he passed away at approximately 6:20 AM this morning.

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The funeral will take place at 2:30 this afternoon at the Chernobyl Beis Medrash at 12th Avenue and 41st Street in Borough Park, with burial to take place at the Satmar Cemetery on Schunnemunk Road in Kiryas Joel.


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 Jul 11, 2016 at 11:48 AM yid Says:

Oy nebach. Poor family.
Hashem have mercy

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 Jul 11, 2016 at 12:10 PM kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

there are no words of comfort for such a tragedy.

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 Jul 11, 2016 at 12:53 PM Liepa Says:

BD"E, so so sad, no words.

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 Jul 11, 2016 at 01:15 PM MMNSY Says:

May he be a meiletz yosher. Cant fathom the pain these parents and all involved are suffering.

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 Jul 11, 2016 at 01:18 PM Anonymous Says:

Nebech poor child and family. To the bungalow colony, you need to IMMEDIATELY raise your fence to prevent another tragedy from happening and that applies to all the bungalow colonies.

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 Jul 11, 2016 at 02:40 PM Butterfly Says:

BD'E! Why was there no pool alarm?

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 Jul 11, 2016 at 02:37 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
Anonymous Says:

Nebech poor child and family. To the bungalow colony, you need to IMMEDIATELY raise your fence to prevent another tragedy from happening and that applies to all the bungalow colonies.

Don't blame the "bungalow colony".....the fence was 48 inches high, which is high enough to comply with the building codes of Sullivan County and all other New York counties. Accidents happen and because of negligence they can be prevented. In this tragic case, the parents or counselors or whoever failed to watch carefully and they paid the worse possible consequences. However, don't always blame third parties who did their job. In this case, the bungalow colony did what it was supposed to do....the parents did not.

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 Jul 11, 2016 at 02:50 PM Ina Says:

Reply to #7  
Anonymous Says:

Don't blame the "bungalow colony".....the fence was 48 inches high, which is high enough to comply with the building codes of Sullivan County and all other New York counties. Accidents happen and because of negligence they can be prevented. In this tragic case, the parents or counselors or whoever failed to watch carefully and they paid the worse possible consequences. However, don't always blame third parties who did their job. In this case, the bungalow colony did what it was supposed to do....the parents did not.

In the face of such horrific tragedy, you have such harsh words! We all know, children roam about bungalow colonies without constant supervision. It is what colonies are all about. However, it is unusual for a four year old to climb a four foot fence. In the name of safety, I believe this has to be looked at closer to see what can be learned.

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 Jul 11, 2016 at 02:56 PM Anonymous Says:

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Butterfly Says:

BD'E! Why was there no pool alarm?

Because there is no requirement for what you call a "pool alarm". There are a variety of technologies which are based on either motion detectors around the pool perimeter, audio detectors for splashing in the pool, etc. However, no county in New York requires such alarms and they have a very high rate of "false alarms" based on being set off by birds, animals or simply vegetation blown into the pool. In any event, they are NOT required. If the owner of this bungalow colony wanted to install such an alarm, no one blocked him/her.

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 Jul 11, 2016 at 03:00 PM Esther Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Don't blame the "bungalow colony".....the fence was 48 inches high, which is high enough to comply with the building codes of Sullivan County and all other New York counties. Accidents happen and because of negligence they can be prevented. In this tragic case, the parents or counselors or whoever failed to watch carefully and they paid the worse possible consequences. However, don't always blame third parties who did their job. In this case, the bungalow colony did what it was supposed to do....the parents did not.

Chas v;shalom to blame the parents,especially now! I know other people,very responsible parents who've lost small children like this. This can happen to any of us RL-din't be so quick to judge!!!

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 Jul 11, 2016 at 03:15 PM Anonymous Says:

I've seen too many parents socializing and not watching their Kinder around pools. Kids have to be watched 100 percent of the time near water.

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 Jul 11, 2016 at 05:18 PM a-believer Says:

For all of you well wishers out there, you missed the point! When 7 children were killed in the fire r'l Rabbi Wallerstein said it was not about smoke detectors , it's time for us to wake up! How many reminders do we need??
Please try to be more sensitive to this poor family! May this be the last korbon from klal Yisroel !!

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 Jul 11, 2016 at 05:42 PM yochy Says:

I was in the mountains and took my kids swimming in a pool yesterday in a bungalow colony and saw many children swimming but no lifeguard? Is that OK?

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 Jul 11, 2016 at 06:58 PM ChachoMoe Says:

Reply to #7  
Anonymous Says:

Don't blame the "bungalow colony".....the fence was 48 inches high, which is high enough to comply with the building codes of Sullivan County and all other New York counties. Accidents happen and because of negligence they can be prevented. In this tragic case, the parents or counselors or whoever failed to watch carefully and they paid the worse possible consequences. However, don't always blame third parties who did their job. In this case, the bungalow colony did what it was supposed to do....the parents did not.

This could happen to ANYONE! Shame on you for trying to place the blame on any person.
Accidents happen and this a tragedy for ALL of Klal. its a message for us ALL.
The innocent child was nothing less than an innocent Korban for YOUR and all our deeds!

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 Jul 11, 2016 at 07:37 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
Anonymous Says:

Don't blame the "bungalow colony".....the fence was 48 inches high, which is high enough to comply with the building codes of Sullivan County and all other New York counties. Accidents happen and because of negligence they can be prevented. In this tragic case, the parents or counselors or whoever failed to watch carefully and they paid the worse possible consequences. However, don't always blame third parties who did their job. In this case, the bungalow colony did what it was supposed to do....the parents did not.

Just because it's not REQUIRED in the codes doesn't mean the bungalow colony should not have done so, or do so now. Clearly, they didn't do all that could have prevented this tragedy.

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 Jul 11, 2016 at 08:02 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
Anonymous Says:

Don't blame the "bungalow colony".....the fence was 48 inches high, which is high enough to comply with the building codes of Sullivan County and all other New York counties. Accidents happen and because of negligence they can be prevented. In this tragic case, the parents or counselors or whoever failed to watch carefully and they paid the worse possible consequences. However, don't always blame third parties who did their job. In this case, the bungalow colony did what it was supposed to do....the parents did not.

Are you for real? 48 Inches high is high enough because it complies with codes? You're nuts! That's nothing for a kids. It needs to be at least 8 Feet.

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 Jul 11, 2016 at 09:06 PM Anonymous Says:

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Ina Says:

In the face of such horrific tragedy, you have such harsh words! We all know, children roam about bungalow colonies without constant supervision. It is what colonies are all about. However, it is unusual for a four year old to climb a four foot fence. In the name of safety, I believe this has to be looked at closer to see what can be learned.

Number 7, bungalow colonies give a false sense of safety. This should not be "the way it is in colonies". Too often I have seen irresponsible adults leave gates open around unsupervised toddlers.

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 Jul 11, 2016 at 10:49 PM Ina Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Number 7, bungalow colonies give a false sense of safety. This should not be "the way it is in colonies". Too often I have seen irresponsible adults leave gates open around unsupervised toddlers.

"Too often I have seen irresponsible adults leave gates open around unsupervised toddlers. ”

I suspect this might be what happened here. The gate wasn't locked. I don't believe a four year old climbed the gate.

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 Jul 11, 2016 at 10:54 PM Anonymous Says:

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ChachoMoe Says:

This could happen to ANYONE! Shame on you for trying to place the blame on any person.
Accidents happen and this a tragedy for ALL of Klal. its a message for us ALL.
The innocent child was nothing less than an innocent Korban for YOUR and all our deeds!

You mean well, however you are inadvertently using a very goyish concept. They say that J died for YOUR sins, and you are saying the same thing here. Please be careful before posting such comments.

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 Jul 11, 2016 at 11:17 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #17  
Anonymous Says:

Number 7, bungalow colonies give a false sense of safety. This should not be "the way it is in colonies". Too often I have seen irresponsible adults leave gates open around unsupervised toddlers.

Amen!

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 Jul 12, 2016 at 02:55 PM Anonymous Says:

Unfortunately it's all too common with parents of many kids to not have proper supervision for ALL of them at the same time, it happens regularly in Brooklyn as well, where you see kids on their own, with an "older" sibling (often quite young themselves) in charge of the younger ones, or no supervision at all...mothers crossing 13th avenue with a carriage and numerous toddlers following behind unsupervised.,..kids playing outside in front of the house, as if no one could come snatch them away c'v, and they could never run into the street to fetch a ball... Parents must have their eyes on their young ones at every moment, not only at the pool...everywhere!

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 Jul 12, 2016 at 02:57 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Amen!

Why does this happen every year?! The four year old presumably did not climb a four foot wall and get into the pool. WHY WOULD THE POOL GATE BE LOCKED IN MIDDLE OF THE AFTERNOON ANYWAY? Obviously something went terribly wrong here. Parents, your kids are your most precious possession! Put your cell phone aWay while you're with your kids, and don't take your eyes off them! Don't leave the baby carriage outside a store while you "run in for a minute!"

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 Jul 15, 2016 at 02:28 PM CHESED1 Says:

If a gate is climbed by a child, then the following is suggested to avoid such incidents.
1, Never use chain link fences with 2 inch diamonds. All chain link diamonds should be 1 inch or less,
This is much more difficult to climb, even for a young child.
2, A 4 ft. high gate should be measured starting above items that can be climbed on, like a bicycle
or a milk box or similar items, including sun chairs.
3, Post pool safety rules which should be reviewed on a regular basis to the families.

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