Officials responded to two near-drowning incidents in Tucson within hours of each other Tuesday afternoon.
Around 2:13 p.m., the Tucson Fire Department and the Tucson Police Department responded to the 1000 block of East Benson Highway in Tucson's south side for reports of a drowning.
The boy, who is about 12 years old, was in non-life threatening condition when he was transported to Banner University Medical Health Center, said Officer Ray Smith, a Tucson police spokesman.
Officials are unsure how long the boy was in the water, said Jessica Nolte, a Tucson Fire Department spokeswoman. Initial information indicated the boy may have had a medical issue while swimming,Nolte said in a press release.
240p: Fire & Police responded to the 1000 block of East Benson Highway ~214p for a drowning. Approx. 12 yr old male has been taken to the hospital. TPD will be investigating.— Tucson Fire Department (@TucsonFirePIO) June 11, 2019
Always remember the ABCs of Water Safety. #StaySafeTucson @Tucson_Police pic.twitter.com/VZdk482AUE
Around 3:30 p.m., a 2-year-old boy was transported to the Tucson Medical Center after authorities say he fell in a spa and nearly drowned.
The Tucson Fire Department responded to the incident in the 9200 block of East La Palma Drive in Tucson's southeast side.
The boy was alert, conscious, breathing and crying before crews arrived, the Tucson Fire Department said.
TFD crews responded to a 2nd water-related call today for a 2yr male in the 9200 block of East La Palma Drive just after 330pm. They were alert, conscious, breathing & crying before crews arrived. They are being transported to TMC as a precaution. #StaySafeTucson— Tucson Fire Department (@TucsonFirePIO) June 11, 2019
Tucson Fire Department took the opportunity to remind the public of the importance of water safety.
Adult supervision is important when children are swimming or around water. Barriers to keep children away from the pool can also help prevent accidents. Police also encourages people to take classes to learn how to swim and to learn CPR.