Published On: Tue, Sep 3rd, 2019

Texas: Two girls, Ivana Mbouna, Gervina Mbouna, found unresponsive in apartment pool, both pass away

The two girls found unresponsive in a Haltom City apartment pool near Fort Worth, Texas Saturday evening have died.

Gervina Mbouna Ivana Mbouna with their mother, Mylene Siyo

Gervina Mbouna, 5, and 7-year-old Ivana Mbouna were found unresponsive at the Spring Lake Apartments in the 5300 block of Springlake Parkway.

The girls’ mother, Mylene Siyo, says they were supposed to be in their apartment, two building over, with a family friend. Siyo is still searching for answers, returning to the pool Monday, questioning why the gate was open and how the two young girls could die in this manner.

It was Melissa Norman, a resident who lives near the pool, who says she had just left with her kids before finding the Mbouna girls ten minutes later.

“So I dove in, grabbed one, handed one little girl to the friend. He got her out. I dove back in, got the other one. Immediately started doing CPR,” Norman said.

“Nobody was there. We were the last people to leave,” she said, referring to her exit before the girls arrived.

Haltom City police and firefighters responded to a call of a possible drowning about 6:45 p.m. Both girls were transported to Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth where they both died over the weekend.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner ruled the victims died of accidental drowning.

The pool was closed and the gates locked with chains on Monday.

“It’s definitely a traumatic experience for everybody involved,” Norman said.

Mylene says her two girls had never learned how to swim and had never been in the pool before.

The Red Cross has published these “Tips for Safe Swimming This Summer”

  • Bring a buddy: don’t swim alone even at public pools or lifeguarded beaches.
  • Never leave young children unattended near water and never trust a child’s life with another child.
  • Young children and inexperienced swimmers should always wear U.S. Coast Guard-Approved life jackets.
  • Establish rules, and always enforce them. Don’t let children play around drains or suction fittings. Also, don’t let children have breath-holding competitions.
  • Be aware: Cold temperatures, currents, and jagged rocks at rivers and lakes can make water dangerous.
  • Always wear a life jacket on a boat. Most boating fatalities occur from drowning.
  • Don’t drink and swim. Alcohol impairs balance, coordination, and judgement.
  • Sign up for swimming lessons if you’ve never had them.
  • Always swim in areas supervised by lifeguards where available

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- Catherine "Kaye" Wonderhouse, a proud descendant of the Wunderhaus family is the Colorado Correspondent who will add more coverage, interviews and reports from this midwest area.

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