A 1-year-old boy was pulled from a pool in Buckeye Sunday, July 19.
According to Tommy Taylor, a spokesman for the Buckeye Fire Medical Rescue Department, first responders answered a report of a drowning on West Superior Avenue in the Westpark community.
“The first unit on the scene found a 1-year-old boy who was out of the pool. The child was unresponsive and family members were doing CPR. The child was transported to a local Hospital in critical condition,” Taylor said.
“It is unknown at this time how long the child was in the water.”
He said the pool did not have a fence.
In a July 8 West Valley View story on drowning prevention, Taylor said, “What I see mostly is people fail to watch their children constantly.”
“A lot of times we underestimate how quickly a child can just disappear,” said Tanja Tanner, the Goodyear Fire Community Risk Reduction coordinator.
In May, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission released a report detailing reported drownings and estimated nonfatal drowning injuries across the nation. The data in the report showed that, on average, 379 children under the age of 15 died because of pool or spa submersions annually from 2015 through 2017.
In addition, for 2017 through 2019, an estimated annual average of 6,700 children younger than 15 were treated in hospitals for nonfatal pool and spa drowning injuries.
An update on the Buckeye boy’s condition was not available at press time.