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July 3, 2000

A 38-year-old man drowned and two toddlers nearly drowned Sunday in separate incidents. Adolfo Garcia was found dead in the Gila River two hours after his friends reported him missing, Maricopa County Sheriff's Office officials said. Alcohol may have been a factor in the man's death, authorities said.

Also in Phoenix, a 1-year-old boy nearly drowned Sunday morning when he slipped out of a flotation device inside an apartment complex swimming pool.

The child, whose name was not available, had been in a yellow inner tube with leg holes at a pool in the 3300 block of West Harmont Drive.

A parent who was in the pool told firefighters she looked away for several moments and then turned to find the boy face down in the water, fire Capt. Chris Ketterer said. The boy was breathing when firefighters arrived at 10:15 a.m. He was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center. He was expected to survive.

Firefighters credit an uncle for saving the life of a 2-year-old girl who was found face down in a Scottsdale pool Sunday afternoon.

Zoe Young was playing in a pool in the 8700 block of East Olive Avenue with five other children when someone noticed she wasn't breathing, a Rural/Metro Fire Department spokeswoman said.

Tim Cox, who is studying to be a paramedic, performed five to six rescue breaths on his niece. The girl, who was coherent when firefighters arrived, was taken to Phoenix Children's Hospital.

There have been 60 reported water incidents this year; 14 of them in Scottsdale and 44 in Phoenix, nine of which resulted in death. Six of those in Phoenix were children 5 or under, Ketterer said.

Reproduced with permission from:
The Arizona Republic
Byline: By Kelly Pearce and Beth DeFalco
©Copyright 2000 Arizona Republic

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