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4-year-old boy drowns at Bathtub Beach in Martin County

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Posted at 9:28 AM, Aug 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-06 09:28:37-04

MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. -- A 4-year-old boy drowned at Bathtub Beach in Martin County on Wednesday, July 31, 2019.

According to the Martin County Sheriff's Office, 4-year-old Kiernan Nee was at Bathtub Beach with his step-father that afternoon.

His stepfather told deputies they were near the shoreline and when he looked away from Kiernan for approximately 60 seconds, Kiernan entered the water.

The stepfather saw Kiernan face down in the water motionless. A bystander told deputies the child was in water about one foot high.

Kiernan was removed from the water and CPR was initiated by his stepfather and a bystander before lifeguards took over medical care.

Kiernan Nee was transported to Martin Memorial Hospital North where he was pronounced deceased at 3:48 p.m. that afternoon.