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Toddler Drowns on Big Lake

Police remind parents and drivers to exercise extreme caution as summer continues

May 30, 2011|By Tim Akimoff and Rebecca Palsha | Channel 2 News

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A toddler fell off the dock at a family cabin at Big Lake on Sunday and drowned, according to the Alaska State Troopers.

Liam Lloyd, who is 18 months old, was transported to shore where an Alaska Wildlife Trooper and two Coast Guard personel, who were at the lake conducting safety checks, performed CPR on the child until an Emergency Medical Services team arrived.

Lloyd was airlifted to Providence Hospital where attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.

Foul play is not suspected. The child was not wearing a life jacket when he fell into the water, and the accident remains under investigation.

His death is the second fatal accident involving a child this holiday weekend.

On Friday night, 4-year-old Randa Karies was hit and killed after she ran out into the middle of the street during a water-balloon fight at 32nd Avenue and Spenard Road in Anchorage.

Neighbors in the area say Karies was a sweet, active little girl who played with the local kids.

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"My daughter's going to miss her pretty bad," Diana Mejorada, whose daughter played with Karies, told Channel 2.

Law enforcement cautions parents and drivers to be extra vigilent as summer continues.

"Kids may not stop to think then they're out having fun," Marlene Lammers of the Anchorage Police Department said.

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