Three children pulled from backyard swimming pools over weekend

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PHOENIX - It was a busy weekend for fire personnel as three young girls were pulled from pools over the weekend. Tragically, two girls died and a third is in the hospital in serious condition, but is expected to be OK.

On Saturday evening, a 7-year-old girl drowned after getting into her grandparents' backyard pool near 40th Street and Southern Avenue.

Phoenix firefighters believe the girl was under water approximately 20 minutes before she was found and pulled out. It’s not yet clear how the girl got outside and into the pool, but it is clear that there is not a pool fence.

“Those barriers buy you time,” said Phoenix Fire Capt. Jonathan Jacobs. “The more barriers you put between your pool and your child the better chance you have of finding your child at one of those barriers instead of in the pool.”
 
But sometimes even those barriers aren't enough.

A 3-year-old girl died after she was found Saturday afternoon in a Mesa pool.

Firefighters say seven siblings, ages 3 to 14, were reportedly in a backyard pool near Broadway Road and Val Vista Drive.

“The parents went out back to round up the kids, closed the pool gate and came in side,” said Mesa firefighter Blu Caton. “Then later they went out a second time and realized the 3-year-old was still in the pool.”

Firefighters believe the girl was unaccounted for and under water for about 30 minutes before she was found.

Her father pulled her from the pool and started CPR, but paramedics said the girl was unresponsive. She died shortly after arrival at Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa.

Canton said in this case the pool fence wasn’t the problem.

“It's just a lot of people, the oldest being 14-years-old, that's a lot for a 14-year-old to handle," he said. "It’s just a freak accident. The message is to watch your kids around water.”

Then on Sunday, a 2-year-old girl was pulled from her grandmother's swimming pool and given CPR by her 9-year-old brother.

She was transported to the hospital in serious condition but is expected to be OK.

The victim and her family were in town from Las Vegas visiting family.

The three incidents are a reminder to parents to watch their children around water.