May 062012

Mesa fire crews responded to two separate drowning calls seven minutes apart Saturday afternoon.

Fire officials said both calls involved 3-year-old males who had been under water for an unknown period of time.

The first incident occurred just after 3 p.m. near Elliot and Meridian roads in east Mesa.

Officials said an adult male had started CPR and when paramedics arrived the child was breathing and alert. The boy went to Cardon’s Children’s Hospital.

The second call was made just minutes later and appeared more critical.

Mesa police spokesman Anthony Landato said this incident happened near Baseline and Crismon roads.

Fire officials said the child was “in full arrest” with CPR in progress. That 3-year-old boy was also transported to Cardon’s Children’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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