The Star-Telegram is reporting that 13-year-old North Texas Natadores swimmer Elise Cerami passed away tonight after her teammates found her floating in the pool during this morning’s swim practice.
Cerami was rushed to Baylor Regional Medical Center and then Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas by helicopter this morning. According to Dallas Morning News, it’s not clear how long she was underwater during the incident at Carroll Senior High School in Southlake, Texas.
Her coach, Bill Christiansen, performed CPR and then collapsed. He was hospitalized, showing symptoms of a heart attack. Reportedly, he is now in “good condition.”
“The support has just been overwhelming,” her father, David Cerami, said in the statement. “We send our best wishes to Coach Bill for a full recovery, and thank him, all the other students and staff who helped respond and do everything they could to try to help and save Elise.”
Cerami had just finished eighth grade at in the Carroll school district and was in the team’s “advanced” group.
The Tarrant County medical examiner’s office has not reported the cause of death.