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A 3-year-old boy has died after he was found by family members in a pool Sunday morning, police say.

Capt. Jonathan Jacobs, spokesman for the Phoenix Fire Department, said family members found the boy in the pool Sunday morning and immediately called 911.

A 911 operator talked the family through providing CPR until an emergency rescue team arrived, said Jacobs.

A Scottsdale rescue team was closest to the 64th Street and Camelback Road residence and responded within four minutes, he said.

The child was transported to Phoenix Children’s Hospital in critical condition, according to fire officials.

Sgt. Trent Crump, spokesman for the Phoenix Police Department, confirmed the child has died.

Jacobs said the boy’s family was in town visiting relatives. He also said there was not a fence around the pool.

“Drowning incidents are preventable. They are non-biased. It doesn’t matter about your education level, how much money you make, ethnicity or what side of town you live in. This can happen to anyone,” he said.

Jacobs said this is the city’s first drowning of a child under the age of five this year.

Fire crews are reminding parents that children under five are the most susceptible to drowning.

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