Drowning provides reminder about taking precautions

Following the Saturday drowning death of a Surprise toddler, firefighters are urging residents to take precautions, even when they don’t seem necessary.

At about 3 p.m. Saturday,firefighterswere called to a home in the 17800 block of West Watson Lane after the toddler’s grandfather found him floating in the backyard swimming pool.

Though family members performed CPR on the 2-year-old before authorities arrived, he was taken by helicopter to St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center without a pulse, said Kevin Pool, assistant fire chief in Surprise.

The toddler was later pronounced dead.

The circumstances of the boy’s death were particularly startling because family members believed he was napping inside at the time, Pool said.

Because there was not a fence around the pool, the boy was likely able to get to the water without making a sound, Pool said.

Authorities are not sure how long the child was in the water before his grandfather found him.

Sgt. Mark Ortega, a Surprise police spokesman, said early Tuesday that police were continuing to investigate the incident and had not yet decided whether to file charges against family members with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.

Many drownings could be prevented if parents, grandparents, friends and family members alike kept pool safety in mind no matter what the situation, Pool said.

“There’s a lot of responsibility that goes with a backyard body of water,” Pool said.

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