Drowning incidents continue in Valley

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- In the past 24 hours, there have been three near drownings in the Valley with all three victims having to go to the hospital.

The most serious incident involved a Peoria 8-year-old.

Paramedics across the Valley are seeing an increase in the number of drowning calls this year compared to last.

According to Children's Safety Zone, Maricopa and Pinal counties have had around 80 drowning incidents, nearly 30 of them fatal, and 14 of them involve children.

That's just this year.

In only six months, the Valley has already reached the number of child drownings for all of 2013.

Many of the drownings happened in backyard pools or apartment complex pools.

Even a fence didn't keep a drowning from happening at Bethany Home Apartments. A 13-year-old made his way over the fence and drowned in the pool. The incident was caught on surveillance video.
(Read story: Boy, 13, drowns in Phoenix apartment pool)

"If I would have seen it, he wouldn't have been in there. He would have still been alive," said the apartment complex manager. "It hurts because he was a really respectful child. He was a sweet kid."

These are all heartbreaking accidents that firefighters said can be prevented by always watching your children whether in the house or outside, learn CPR and don't rely on swimming lessons or floaties to protect your children in the water.

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, drownings are one of the leading causes of death for children ages one through four, so firefighters said when you are watching your kids by the pool make sure to leave any distractions including your phone.