Toddler nearly drowns in play pool at Queen Creek home

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QUEEN CREEK, Ariz. – A 2-year-old boy is fighting for his life after nearly drowning in a play pool at a Queen Creek home.

It happened shortly before 4 p.m. Monday in the neighborhood of Hawes and Chandler Heights roads.

According to emergency crews from Rural Metro, the toddler was missing for about five minutes before he was discovered in the little inflatable pool in front of the house.

Somebody immediately called 911 and an operator instructed an adult on how to perform CPR on the little boy until paramedics could get to the scene and take over.

The child was in extremely critical condition when he was rushed to the emergency room at Gilbert Hospital less than 10 miles away. His current condition was not immediately available.

The child’s name has not been released.

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office has not released any other information about the incident.

Emergency crews and child-safety experts consistently remind parents and caregivers that large swimming pools are not the only drowning hazard. As little as an inch or two of water can be dangerous to young children.

They also stress what they call the ABCs of water safety.

A - Adult supervision
When it comes to keeping kids safe around water, the most important thing is adult supervision. Adults should have eye-to-eye contact with kids at all times.

B - Barriers
While there is no substitute for adult supervision, fences and locking gates can go a long way in keeping kids out of the swimming pool.

C - Classes
Not only should children take swimming lessons (although lessons in no way replace supervision), adults should be trained in CPR in case the unthinkable should happen.