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3 children nearly drown in incidents in Phoenix

June 28, 1998

Three children nearly drowned in Phoenix on Saturday, bringing to 18 the number of near drownings of children age 5 and under this year, according to Fire Department Capt. Bob Khan.

In the first case, a 3-year-old girl was found floating in a pool in the 1000 block of North 48th Street. She was underwater less than a minute.

Courtenay Richey was pulled out, given CPR and taken to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, where she was treated and released, Battalion Chief Jim Baines said. The girl's parents and other people were at the pool but took their eyes off her briefly just before she was seen in the water, Baines said.

The second incident, involving a 5-year-old girl, took place in the 6400 block of West McDowell Road, Baines said. The girl's aunt and several other adults were around the pool. but the girl, Ruth Carranza, spent several minutes at the pool's bottom before she was discovered and pulled out.

It took paramedics five to 10 minutes to revive the girl, Baines said. She was transferred to St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, where she was in critical condition Saturday night.

In the third case, a 3-year-old boy slipped out of the "floaties" he was wearing on his arms while swimming during his birthday party celebration in the 4000 block of North 59th Drive. The boy was blue when he was pulled out of the pool, but was revived and taken to Maryvale Samaritan Medical Center, Khan said.

Reproduced with permission from:
The Arizona Republic
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