FLORIDA NEWS, June 16, 1999

Stuck on hot tub drain, boy is bruised

The 6-year-old is in good condition after his belly was stuck for two minutes to the drain of his family's hot tub.

FORT LAUDERDALE— A 6- year-old was’ seriously injured when is belly was sucked against the drain in his family's hot tub, firefighters said.

Jeremy Belotto was in good condition Tuesday in the children's intensive care unit at Broward General Medical Center where he was airlifted Monday, said Donna Harris, spokes-woman for the hospital.

"He just has a big suction mark that's covering most of his stomach and chest," Harris said..

Jeremy was trapped for two minutes when his belly became stuck to the drain at the bottom of the hot tub because of the suction.

The boy had severe bruising to his abdomen. Jeremy's brother noticed he had not surfaced and yelled for help.

His mother shut off the power to the hot tub, pulled her son out and administered CPR, firefighters said.

The boy's father, Joseph Belotto, was one of the five city workers shot and killed in 1996 by a former co-worker, reported WSVN-TV Ch.7.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is aware of at least seven cases of body entrapment that resulted in deaths from 1990 to 1996. The deaths were a result of drowning after a body or limb was held against the drain by the suction of the circulation pump, a U.S. Consumer product report study says.


Nation Datelines, Wednesday, June 23, 1999


A 10-year old girl drowned after getting her head caught in a suction drain in the city pool.

Police and firefighters broke the drainpipe and freed Harmony L. Tobin, but she had already been underwater for several minutes Monday.


FLORIDA NEWS, June 16, 1999, Arching page 18.





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