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UPDATE: Blackfoot siblings die after incident in backyard swimming pool

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UPDATE:

Officials at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical have confirmed that 8-year-old brother Jaxon Jolley passed away early this morning at EIRMC.

A family friend has set up a GoFundMe to help cover medical and funeral expenses for Jaxon and 11-year-old Kortnie Jolley.

ORIGINAL STORY

BLACKFOOT — An 11-year-old girl drowned Tuesday night and her 8-year-old brother is fighting for his life.

Authorities say fire and EMS crews were called to a Blackfoot home on the 800 block of Jewel St. around 5:15 p.m. for a report of two children who were not breathing in a backyard swimming pool.

CPR was administered and the girl and boy were rushed to the Bingham Memorial Hospital.

The girl was pronounced dead and her brother was airlifted to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center where he is in critical condition.

Neighbors say the boy saw his sister in distress and tried to save her when “something went wrong.”

EastIdahoNews.com is gathering more information and will update this story when we receive it.

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