Toddler in near-drowning crawled through doggie door - Tucson News Now

Toddler in near-drowning crawled through doggie door

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SAHUARITA, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A toddler is out of the hospital and recovering after a near-drowning in the family pool.

Scary moments for the parents who found their toddler floating face down in the water, and a good reminder for all of us it just takes seconds for something like this to happen.

Police say the 2-year-old and another toddler were originally playing inside the home, but unbeknownst to the parents, they crawled through a doggie door and seconds later fell into the pool.

Fire crews rushed to the home on Avenida Paso Cortito in Sahuarita after the family frantically called 911. The parents had found their 2-year-old unconscious, floating in the pool.

According to police documents, a three year old neighbor who had been playing with the victim, came into the house soaking wet and alerted the family. The parents told police they had only been out of their sight for three minutes.

Rural Metro Fire crews told Tucson News Now, that is all the time needed for tragedy to happen.

“It only takes a couple inches of water and it only takes a second, and it happens very silently. When they get upside down in a bucket or toilet or bathtub,
it’s difficult for them, they don’t have the upper body strength to be able to get themselves out of that situation,” Rural Metro Fire Battalion Chief, Jay Karlik said.

As temperatures heat up, it’s important to reflect on the ABC’s of pool safety.” A” for adult supervision, “B” for barriers and fences around the pool with
gates that lock, and “C” for classes. Fire crews recommend CPR classes for adults and swimming lessons for kids.

ABCS of Pool Safety Infographic by Tucson News Now on Scribd

Firefighters also say to have a designated pool guard, someone who is not on their phone, keeping their eyes locked on the water.

Right now YMCA locations across Pima County are offering a free drowning prevention classes for children 5-12 years old. For more information click here: https://tucsonymca.org/program/all-kids-swim/

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