Posted: Oct 11, 2012 3:16 PM
TUCSON - The two-year-old girl who was hospitalized yesterday after being found in a backyard swimming pool is expected to survive, Tucson Police officials confirm.
The incident happened at about 6 p.m. Wednesday near Speedway and Harrison, and is the tenth child near-drowning in Pima County this year.
A family member called 9-1-1 and performed CPR until medics arrived.
Officials are not sure how long the child was under water.
Officials won't say how the child got access to the pool, which did have a fence surrounding it, whether there was adult supervision prior, or if the child wandered outside alone.
The girl remains in critical condition, but is expected to survive, Tucson Police officials confirm.
Paramedics are stressing the importance of water safety ABC's.
A, for active adult supervision. B, for barriers like pool fences. C for CPR classes.
Captain Barrett Baker with Tucson Fire says, "ABC's - we talk about it so much, this is a real-world example. By that adult being able to give CPR we're keeping our fingers crossed and prayers that this child will be able to make it."
Baker says another important reminder is that water accidents can happen year round, not just in the summer months.
Pictured: Police on scene of the near-drowning incident Wednesday night.
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