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Tempe tot rescued from pool

May 22, 2008

A 14-month-old came close to drowning Wednesday night in Tempe -a trend that fire officials say seems be uncomfortably growing in the Valley so far this summer.

The near drowning occurred around 5:15 p.m. at a house located on the 1100 block of Lisa Lane, according to Tempe fire spokesman Mike Reichling. The boy fell into the pool because he managed to get through the pool gate that was not working properly, he said.

Reichling said the child was underwater for less than two minutes, but was fortunate because his mother was a nurse and performed CPR immediately.

Fire officials are warning parents to check that their pool gates are working properly, and to keep toys out of the pool as that is what attracts young children to the water.

Reproduced with permission from:
The Arizona Republic
Kendall Wright
Copyright 2008 Arizona Republic

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