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Preliminary Cause of Death Determined in Drownings in Pella

Posted: Friday, July 16th, 2010 at 10:06 am
Author: KNIA/KRLS News-Eric Gotschall

The cause of death for the two teenage boys from the Kansas City area who drowned Wednesday night at the Pella Aquatic Center has been determined an accident. According to the results of a preliminary autopsy report released by the Pella Police Department, the deaths of 14-year-old Gael Paullette, also known as Gael Chrispin; and 15-year-old Nehmson Sanon were consisent with accidental drowning.

The two teens were found at the bottom of the swimming pool Wednesday night, following an event held by a chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. The organization had been holding a camp at Central College and had taken approximately 220 students to the Pella Aquatic Center for the night.

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. According to a statement from the FCA, the Pella camp is one of more than 325 being held across the nation and in several other countries by FCA this summer.

The Pella Aquatic Center is closed all day Friday.