6-year-old boy drowns at South Jersey summer camp: 'We are absolutely devastated'

A summer camp in Burlington County is grieving the devastating loss of one of their young campers after tragedy struck on opening day.

"We are absolutely devastated and heartbroken," Liberty Lake Day Camp officials wrote in a letter to families.

The camp says the child died during Monday's afternoon swim period for campers entering first and second grade.


A lifeguard found the camper unresponsive in a shallow pool, pulled him out of the water and administered CPR.

He later died at a local hospital. 

Officials say the boy was 6 years old, and his drowning will be investigated by the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office and the Mansfield Township Police Department.

An autopsy is also expected to be performed Tuesday.