Toddler nearly drowns after crawling under broken pool fence



Video report by Mike Watkiss

Posted on February 27, 2014 at 7:43 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 3 at 7:11 AM

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PHOENIX -- A 2-year-old boy nearly drowned in the swimming pool of his north Phoenix home Thursday morning.

Phoenix Fire Capt. Tony Mure said the boy's mother found him in the pool of their rental home near Fourth Street and Union Hills Drive and pulled him out. She began CPR and the boy started crying.

He was transported to a hospital by fire paramedics.

There was a fence around the pool of the home but it had a defective area where the boy was apparently able to crawl under it.

"It did have a secondary fence and we're thankful for that, but there's some flaws in the fence," Mure said. "There's some broken parts in the bottom of the fence, which created bigger than a 4-inch gap."

Firefighters used wooden planks as a temporary fix for the aging pool fence, the type of barrier experts say can provide parents with a false sense of security.

This is one of three calls in the past week reporting a toddler found in a Valley swimming pool.

Thursday afternoon, a 2-year-old child was found in the backyard pool of a home near Interstate 17 and Daisy Mountain Drive in Anthem. The child was pronounced dead at a hospital.

A 3-year-old boy died after he was pulled from a swimming pool at a home near Camelback Road and 64th Street Sunday morning.

Fire officials expect to see an increase in such calls as the weather warms up.

Emergency responders say there are several steps parents can take to keep their children safe around water including providing constant supervision, having a pool fence installed, teaching their kids how to swim as early as possible, and learning how to administer CPR.