Apr 122013

A 13-month-old boy is lucky to be alive after falling into a backyard pool in Tempe Wednesday afternoon.

Tempe police spokesman Mike Pooley said the incident happened around 2:15 p.m. near Guadalupe and Kyrene Roads.

Pooley said the boy’s parents were outside assembling a play set and took part of their pool fence down.

The toddler who was outside playing with his 10-year-old sister somehow made it to the backyard and fell into the pool.

Pooley said the sister pulled her brother out of the pool and their parents called 911.

Authorities said the child was crying and alert when crews arrived but was transported to the hospital for observation.

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