Teen Drowns In Pool At Party

A going away party turns deadly with the death of a teenager, who officials say drowned in a pool.

14-year-old Sean Michael Alhambra drowned in a private pool during a party Sunday afternoon in Halifax County, according to Major Bruce Temple with the Halifax County Sheriff's Office. The accident happened at a home in the Lakeview area outside Roanoke Rapids.

Authorities say adults pulled Alhambra and his 13-year-old brother out of the pool when they went under the water and didn't surface. Neither knew how to swim, officials say.

The younger brother was revived with CPR and was sent to Pitt County Memorial Hospital for observation.

Alhambra's death has been ruled an accident.


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  • by cromagnon Location: roanoke rapids on Oct 23, 2009 at 07:52 PM
    to parent from craven, J and LCC - you have no idea how painful the incident was for the family. It's easy for you to leave comments just to so you can make a point.What happened was so tragic that you could have at least shown respect and empathy to the grieving family. Your comments about kids wanting to fit in- was way out of the story. You people should be careful with your words. and mind you, those kids are popular in their respective schools.
  • by LCC on Jun 25, 2009 at 09:48 PM
    TO CRAVEN- I did not think you were blaming the kids. I am just trying to say that your comment about "kids wanting to fit in" - This is so true and what I'm saying is that parents need to teach children that they are who they are. Don't do things just because your friends are doing it. I know this is human nature, but parents tend to go along so that their kids do fit in with the crowd. (popular)
  • by Parent Location: Craven on Jun 25, 2009 at 09:13 AM
    J and LCC I don't agree with either of you. I work with children and they do try and fit in all the time. I have seen where they would try something just to be with them. So you both can set back say that our kids don't try to fit in but they all do. And plus you can't blame parents for wanting. And if you both read it I didn't blame the child, I blame the adults who wasn't paying attention and then not knowing if each child there could swim. Read what I wrote and don't put words in sentences that aren't there. Thank you much.
  • by Lemonyellow Location: Greenville on Jun 25, 2009 at 05:56 AM
    ALL children should be taught how to swim. It is an important gift to give your child. Supervision is always the key. I wonder if the parents hosting the party were told by parents of the non-swimmers that they could in fact not swim? My heart goes out to the family that lost a loved one and also to the family where the party was being held. Parents - make sure your children learn how to swim!!
  • by tugboat Location: New Bern on Jun 24, 2009 at 09:13 PM
    My deepest sympathies to his family. When we have pool parties at our house, our family rule is an adult (a parent) is on the deck surrounding the pool or in it. Its only 48" deep. Usually its me. My kids are not allowed in the pool unless me or mom are outside and on the deck. I want my kids to have the fun of a pool but I don't want the guilt of this type of tragedy. Parents need to be vigilant. Never let your attention waver.
  • by J Location: Gville on Jun 24, 2009 at 01:33 PM
    Apparently I was too harsh on the ignorant comments made to the first comment. FYI..It DOES NOT make sense. Wants to fit in? Are you kidding me? How sad of YOU to blame that child. LCC in PLYMOUTH...THANK YOU! *high five*
  • by Dan Location: Ahoskie on Jun 24, 2009 at 12:27 PM
    That is a sad situation in itself. This reminds me of when I had to save my brother from drowning in the Chowan one time after he was struggling and I will say that this is what I call the best accomplishment in my life, saving my own brothers life. If it was not for me doing that, I would be living a miserable life without my only sibling. We are more than just brothers that are one year apart from each other, we are the only two kids in the family and we live right beside each other in town with our wives and kids, where as our parents live in Sunbury, about 30 minutes away. If it was not for me doing what I did that day, I would not know how to live. Thoughts and prayers go out to the family and may the good man upstairs be on the lookout for him.
  • by sorry Location: chocowinity on Jun 24, 2009 at 12:22 PM
    My heart goes out to this family..............this is a tragedy!! LCC What are you talking about??? These people just lost a child!! Give them some respect, I'm sure their intention was not the death of this boy!
  • by Sheldon Mba Location: weldon on Jun 24, 2009 at 10:38 AM
    R.I.P Man
  • by LCC Location: Plymouth on Jun 24, 2009 at 10:23 AM
    TO PARENT OF CRAVEN: I hear parents say that all the time. "they just want to fit in", This is a problem parents make. I've seen parents put their kids in classes @ school that they should not have been in but, It was so they could be with all their friends, In they long run who will suffer when they can't make the grade? But, it makes their parents proud because they are in a higher class. Teach your children to be who they are, not what you want them to be.
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