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Resort: 11-year-old girl electrocuted at mini-golf course in Florida

Authorities in Kissimmee, Fla., are looking into whether electrocution is to blame for the death of a young girl at a miniature golf complex.

An 11-year-old girl vacationing with her family was electrocuted and died Wednesday at a miniature golf course in Florida as she tried to retrieve her ball from a a small pond, according to a statement from the resort.

Orange Lake Resort cited the Orange County Medical Examiner's office as confirming the cause of death as electrocution by accident.

Ashton Jojo was trying to find her lost golf ball when she fell into in a 2-foot-deep pond around 2 p.m. at the mini-golf course in Kissimmee, Fla.

Witnesses said they heard the girl scream out in distress. Deputies said another resort guest, Christopher Burges, tried pulling her out of the water but was injured in the process. Jojo was taken to Celebration Hospital where she later died.

“Orange Lake Resort holds the safety and well-being of our guests and employees as our top priority and concern,” the resort said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the guests, their families and friends during this time.” 

The miniature golf course is closed and will not re-open until further notice pending a police investigation, resort officials said. 

An Orange County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson told msnbc.com that police are trying to determine what made the pond water unsafe. 

Deputies said Jojo was in town just days after her birthday on vacation with her parents and a brother from New York.

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