Coroner: Girl died in accidental drowning at school's pool

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Posted: Jun 22, 2016 4:01 PM

SOUTHLAKE, Texas (AP) — A Texas coroner says a 13-year-old girl accidentally drowned during swim practice at a school district pool.

Authorities say Elise Cerami (suh-RAM'-ee) was found unresponsive Monday morning in the pool at the Carroll Independent School District's aquatics center in Southlake.

School District spokeswoman Julie Thannum says Elise was found as swim club members finished warming up. She died that afternoon at a Fort Worth hospital.

Thannum says coach Bill Christensen performed CPR on Elise, and he later had heart attack-like symptoms and underwent surgery. He's recovering at a hospital.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office listed Elise's death as an accidental drowning. A memorial was planned Thursday night.