ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. - A little boy is in an Orlando hospital Tuesday after falling off the high dive at a high school pool in Altamonte Springs.
The accident happened during a privately run program at Lake Brantley High School on Sand Lake Road around 5 p.m.
Authorities said during diving practice, the 5 1/2-year-old boy fell 9 feet from the 3-meter platform onto the pool deck below.
According to school officials, he was on the high dive alone and away from the water when he suddenly slipped. Officials told WFTV the boy's legs broke the fall.
He was airlifted to Arnold Palmer Hospital. His name and condition have not been released.
The boy was on a team that is run by the Patriot Aquatic Program, which rents the pool from the high school, according to officials with Seminole County Public Schools.
WFTV learned the child's mother was at the pool when the accident happened.
The accident happened in front of coaches, lifeguards, parents and other teammates.
"I realize accidents happen. I would be very reluctant to allow him back on the high dive, you know," said parent Suzanne Basinger.