Fatal drowning grim reminder of dangers of summer
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CREATED May. 5, 2013 - UPDATED: May. 5, 2013
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A three-year-old child drowned in a backyard pool on the northside late Saturday night and a four-year-old almost drowned, serving as a harsh reminder that as the temperatures continue to heat up, parents and guardians need to be more mindful of children playing around pools.
Emergency medical personnel with the Northwest Fire District responded to a home in the 8200 block of north Equator Loop around midnight after someone called 9-1-1 to report that a child was found in a backyard swimming pool, according to Adam Goldberg with Northwest Fire.
Goldberg tells KGUN9 that 9-1-1 dispatchers gave bystanders at the scene instructions on how to administer CPR while emergency medical responders were en route to the scene.
EMTs continued to perform CPR transported the child to the hospital, but efforts to revive the child were unsuccessful, according to Goldberg.
Pima County deputies also responded to the home to investigate the drowning. The investigation revealed that the child's parents were visiting the home and that there were a number of adults and older children at the home and in the backyard at the time of the drowning, Goldberg said.
Bystanders had last seen the child approximately 15 minutes before she was discovered in the pool. According to Goldberg, the pool did not have any barriers around it.
Another young child is lucky to be alive after almost drowning in a midtown pool.
Emergency medical personnel with the Tucson Fire Department responded to a near-drowning incident in the 6100 block of east Pima Street just before 6:00 p.m. Saturday.
Capt. Jeff Langejans with the Tucson Fire Department tells KGUN9 that the resident of an apartment complex found a four-year-old boy lying face down in the community pool.
The resident jumped in, grabbed the boy who was blue and unresponsive and began administering CPR.
Langejans tells KGUN9 that the boy immediately began to spit up water and breath on his own once CPR was performed.
Paramedics transported the boy to the hospital where his condition improved, according to Langejans.
Langejans and Goldberg wish to remind everyone of the importance of supervising children while they are swimming or playing near a pool.
Langejans says drowning is a silent killer because there are no cries for help. He also says drowning is the number one cause of unintentional death for children between one and four years of age.
Goldberg recommends everyone know the ABC's of drowning. A is for adult supervision, B is for Barriers, and C is for CPR. He also recommends that people learn CPR in the event of a water related incident. He says the CPR you learn could save a life.
Goldberg also suggests that parents take extra precautions when visiting a home that is not child-proof. He says parents should ask questions about the security of a pool, the storage and security of guns or other weapons in the home and any medications that might be in reach.
KGUN 9 On Your Side will have more on the importance of protecting your child from a drowning or near drowning tonight. Stay with us.
Reporter: Simone Del Rosario