Toddler drowns in Montérégie swimming pool

The 18-month-old girl was rushed to hospital Sunday evening where she was later pronounced dead.

18-month-old girl pronounced dead after found unconscious in pool

According to Richelieu-St-Laurent police, the child had been visiting a home on Biance Street at the time of the incident. (Jean-Claude Taliana)

An 18-month-old girl has died after being found unconscious in a swimming pool at a residence in Saint-Amable, Que., 38 kilometres east of Montreal.

The toddler had been visiting a home on Biance Street, Richelieu-St-Laurent police said.

Officers were called to the home around 5 p.m. Sunday.

The in-ground pool had a fence around it, police said. She was rushed to hospital, where she was pronounced deceased.

Police are investigating the incident, and are interviewing the girl's parents and witnesses to determine how she ended up in the pool.

There have been 71 drownings in Quebec so far this year, according to the Lifesaving Society.

With files from Radio-Canada