Resident finds boy, 4, floating in east-side apartment complex pool

2013-05-04T20:43:00Z Resident finds boy, 4, floating in east-side apartment complex poolArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
May 04, 2013 8:43 pm  • 

A 4-year-old boy nearly drowned this evening at an east-side apartment complex swimming pool.

A resident of a complex in the 6100 block of East Pima Street called 911 at about 6 p.m. requesting help, Captain Jeff Langejans of Tucson Fire said in a news release.

Crews arrived four minutes later and found the child with blue skin, coughing and crying, Langejans said.

The boy had been found face down floating on top of the water. A resident spotted him, jumped in and brought him to the side of the pool. He was unconscious and unresponsive.

CPR efforts were administered immediately and the boy began to spit up water and breathe on his own. A Tucson Fire crew arrived at this point and rushed him to a hospital, where his condition improved.

Authorities estimate the boywas underwater for about one minute.

Information about his prognosis was not available.

Drowning is the No. 1 cause of unintentional death for children ages one to four. It’s important to remember that it only takes a few seconds for someone to slip under water, Tucson Fire officials say.

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