A 3-year-old was pronounced dead at Banner’s Cardon Children’s Medical Center a short time after family members found him in the swimming pool during a barbecue attended by about 20 people on Monday.
Although there were people inside the pool at the home between Schnepf Road and Kenworthy Road, the boy had been missing for about five to 10 minutes before he was discovered unresponsive in the water, according to Mark Cichocki, spokesman for the Rural Metro Fire Department.
After the boy was pulled from the pool, a family member performed CPR and briefly revived him before he was flown by helicopter to the hospital where he died, Cichocki said.
The pool had a fence around it and adults were present, but Cichocki was quick to remind those with swimming pools and small children that a tragedy can happen in a matter of seconds. Cichocki also said that there have been seven reported drownings this year in the San Tan Valley alone, citing that with a bad economy fewer people travel on vacation and use the family pools more.
“It’s a tragedy, and it’s tough,” Cichocki said. “Amidst all the commotion, all it can take is a few seconds for something like this to happen. The pool had a fence, there were (people) around, but it’s always good to have a designated pool watcher or pinpoint the issue to avoid things like this from happening.”