11-Year-Old Boy Drowns


On Friday, June 27, at 5:41 PM, Sheriff's deputies responded to the report of an 11 year old boy missing from a private party event at Star Farms on Estrella Road in rural Paso Robles. Michael Derick Gallegos, 11-years-old, from Morro Bay was reported last seen swimming with other juveniles approximately 10 minutes earlier in a lagoon at the location. Minutes later, Gallegos was located in the water and brought to shore. CPR was initiated and continued by Sheriff's deputies until the arrival of medical personnel who transported him to Twin Cities Hospital. Twin Cities Hospital subsequently reported that Gallegos succumbed to the injuries/exposure related to this event and was pronounced deceased. Further investigation into the cause and manner of death will be conducted by coroner investigators. Next of kin have been notified.