Mar 082011

PHOENIX – A 5-year-old girl was airlifted to Phoenix Children’s Hospital Monday afternoon after she was found under water at her daycare.

Phoenix Fire Department crews were called out to Rancho Solano Private School near 56th Street and Greenway Road around 2:30 p.m.

Phoenix Fire Captain Scott Walker says the school is used as a daycare during the summer months and the children were participating in free swim when the little girl went under.

Several adults and a lifeguard were keeping watch over the 14 children swimming.

“I talked with the lifeguard, he’s been a lifeguard for about five years. It didn’t sound like he was distracted,” said Walker. “They are taught to scan the pool, he said he scanned one way and when he went back that’s when he saw the child.”

Walker said the lifeguard told him he believes the child may have been under water for about 15 to 30 seconds.

“Sometimes time does get away a little bit, it could’ve been a minute, we’re not really sure,” added Walker.

The little girl had no pulse and was not breathing when she arrived to the emergency room, but Walker said doctors were able to get her heart beating again.

“She’s in very critical condition and it doesn’t look good,” Walker said.

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