3-Year-old boy drowns in Mesa swimming pool

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

MESA, Ariz. -- A 3-year-old Mesa boy drowned Saturday afternoon in his family's backyard swimming pool.

Another 3-year-old boy nearly drowned in Mesa on Saturday, but that boy is expected to survive.

The calls came in seven minutes apart, according to Mesa Fire Department spokesman Donnie Colvin.

"What seemed like duplicate call was also another drowning," said Colvin.

The first call came from Pronghorn Lane, near Elliot Road and Signal Butte Road in East Mesa.

Colvin said the caller reported that the boy had been underwater for an unknown amount of time.

When firefighters arrived they said the boy was not breathing, but they were able to revive him.

He was taken to Cardon Children's Medical Center in critical condition and is expected to survive.

The second call was from Jan Drive near Baseline and Crimson.

The boy was unresponsive when first responders arrived. He was also taken to Cardon Children's Medical Center where he died.

Neighbor Mike Adams heard screams and ran to help. "I hopped a fence immediately and ran over there. At that time the 3-year-old boy, his name is Keith, he was completely unresponsive."

"Very tragic. You know this is supposed to about remembering other people not you know seeing tragic events like this. You know it's not supposed to happen on a good weekend like this," said Adams.

Firefighters say holiday weekends like this one are when drowning can and do happen.

"On a holiday weekend when you have a lot of people you think direct supervision is happening at a pool, but a lot of people think oh someone else is watching. You have to have one designated person that is looking for something to happen," said Colvin.

Firefighters said there was no fence around the pool on Jan Drive.