Northwest Fire District firefighters and paramedics were called to the 8200 block of North Equator Loop just before midnight after receiving a 9-1-1 call indicating that a small child had been found in the backyard swimming pool. The home is near Cortaro Farms and Oldfather Roads. The initial 9-1-1 call was received at 11:43pm. Bystanders reported that the child was pulled from the pool where CPR instructions were given from 9-1-1 dispatchers until Northwest Fire crews arrived 4 minutes later.
Advances Life Support procedures were initiated on scene, and continued as the child was transported by ground ambulance to a local hospital where the efforts to revive her were unsuccessful.
The child, along with her mother and father, were at the home for a gathering. There were a number of adults and older children at the home and in the backyard at the time of the incident. The child had last been seen approximately 15 minutes before being discovered in the pool. The pool did not have any fence or barriers around it.
The Pima County Sheriff’s Department was on scene conducting an investigation into the incident.
As the summer months approach, this is a tragic reminder of the importance of water safety and the ABC’s of drowning prevention. A is for adult supervision, B is for Barriers, and C is for CPR; learn CPR in the event of a water related incident. The CPR you learn could save a life.
As with this incident, when visiting someone else’s home with a child, take extra precautions as the home they are visiting may not be child proof. Ask the tough questions about the security of a pool, the ability of a child to access a pool, the storage and security of guns in the home and even if cleaning supplies or medications are in reach of a young child. Take steps to ensure your child’s safety when away from the security of your own home.
This is the first fatal water related incident in Pima County for the 2013 season. There have been 2 non-fatal incidents including one that occurred just yesterday. The Northwest Fire District advises parents always watch their children around water.