Multiple drowning calls across the Phoenix-metroPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- A 2-year-old boy is recovering after kids discovered him at the bottom of a murky above-ground pool near 27th Street and McDowell Road Sunday afternoon.
A neighbor grabbed the child and performed CPR.
The little boy was taken to the hospital to get checked out. Officials didn't take any chances and ended up draining and later cutting a hole in the pool.
"There are so many kids in the area the Police Department went ahead and checked the pool for any more kids," said Phoenix Fire Capt. Scott McDonald. "Thank God we didn't find anybody and this kid looks like he's going to be OK.”
Another toddler is lucky to be alive after family members pulled her from an apartment complex swimming pool near 78th Avenue and McDowell Road.
Witnesses said the 2-year-old was underwater for about a minute when a group nearby started doing CPR.
“We just went to work on her, cleared the area and tried to calm the mother down," said Steven Cervantez, who lives in the complex. "The kid was blue or gray, actually, and there was no life in her.”
And there were three other drowning incidents in Scottsdale, Phoenix and Chandler earlier in the day.
Fire officials are understandably frustrated with the calls.
“I feel like we’re the broken record, supervision, supervision, supervision... this has got to stop," McDonald said. "We're already caught up to the 2009 and 2010 statistics and we have four months left in the year.”