Sep 262011

TUCSON – A three-year-old who nearly drowned in a southeast-side pool has been flown to a nearby hospital in critical condition after emergency crews managed to restore his pulse.

At about 8:45 a.m. this morning, Rincon Valley Fire Department crews were dispatched to the 11000 block of South Cienega Dam Place, southeast of Tucson, according to RVFD Assistant Chief Lee Bucklin. Crews arrived at the house within five minutes to find the male victim’s father performing CPR on him.

RVFD crews were able to restore a pulse to the child within five minutes, and he was flown to a local hospital in critical condition, Bucklin says.

Based on indications at the scene, Bucklin says the child may have been in the pool for up to 10 minutes.

Bucklin says the pool was gated with a self-locking gate – crews at the scene are still unsure how the child was able to get into the pool.

Stay tuned to News 4 Tucson for updates.

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