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Family of 2-Year-Old Drowning Victim Thanks Public

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The family of a young drowning victim thanked members of the public at a conference on water safety Monday.

The medical examiner ruled the drowning of little Ruhshona Kurbonova as accidental.

Police say she wandered off from a family gathering in Prospect Park on Saturday.

Monday's water safety event was put together by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.

Her father addressed the group through a translator.

"It is a very tragedy, so they want to thank you for your understanding and helping for giving this message throughout the city. They are very sad and don't want this to happen again," the translator said.

"Those of us who are parents—it is unimaginable to see something of this magnitude, and to lose a child at an event. Right now is not the time to point the finger of blame; it is time to extend our hand of compassion," Adams said.

The two-year-old is one of five New Yorkers who have drowned over the past few weeks.

The city advises swimmers to always swim near lifeguards, to supervise children closely and to never only rely on flotation devices.

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