Girl nearly drowns playing underwater game

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX – A 13-year-old girl nearly drowned at a swim party in north Phoenix on Friday.

According to Phoenix Fire Capt. Scott Walker, the girl was attending a birthday party at a home near 19th Avenue and Union Hills Drive. The girl's parents weren't there, but there was adult supervision.

Walker said several kids were in the backyard pool playing a game to see who could hold their breath the longest when the mother at the house noticed the girl had been under too long.

The woman jumped into the water, pulled the girl out of the pool and started giving her CPR.

"At that point, the child was blue, she was unresponsive, unconscious," Walker said.

A grandmother at the house is a registered nurse and the two women were able to get a pulse.

Emergency personnel arrived and the teen was taken to John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital.

Although the girl is listed in serious condition, she is expected to survive.

"Probably, her life was saved by the actions of this mother jumping in and starting CPR," Walker said.