4-year-old nearly drowns on the eastside

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4-year-old nearly drowns on the eastside

By Shelby Payne. CREATED Aug 16, 2014

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Tucson Fire Department received reports of a near drowning in the 8000 bock of East Lakeside Parkway around 4:20 p.m. Saturday.

A 4-year-old boy was found in the pool and pulled out by adults in the gated pool area. The pool had approximately five adults, including the child's parents, and ten other children in the pool at the time of the incident.

According to Tucson Fire Capt. Barrett Baker, the child was conscious when firefighters and paramedics arrived on scene and was transported to a hospital for further medical care.

Tucson Fire Department would like to remind the public that a near drowning can occur even with parents just feet away and advise parents to take preventative measures by having a designated child watcher with eyes on the pool and nothing else.

The ABC'S of drowning prevention are critical for anyone around children to know. The first step, Active Adult Supervision, is the most important. Kids must be supervised at all times when around water. B is for barriers. Make it difficult for children to ever get into water on accident. C is for classes, CPR for adults and swimming lessons or classes for kids. Knowing CPR makes everyone a first responder and can make a huge difference whether something is a drowning or a near drowning.