Apr 272011

A Mesa Fire official said a 3-year-old girl drowned in a family pool Saturday afternoon.

The girl had been swimming with other children at a Mesa home near Broadway Road and Val Vista Drive.

Mesa Fire Department spokesman Blu Caton said it was “a freak accident” because the residence had the typical safety precautions, including a fence around the pool.

Around 3:30 p.m., the parents were inside the house and wrapping up a party that included seven children between the ages of 3 and 14 who were swimming outside, Caton said. The parents noticed 3-year-old was missing when she didn’t follow the rest of the children inside the house.

The child was pulled from the pool and her father immediately began performing CPR until police and fire arrived, Caton said. She was pronounced dead at Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa.

Caton said the girl was likely in the water for about 20 minutes before found.

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