3-year-old drowns in backyard pool

Yuma

3-year-old drowns in backyard pool

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YUMA, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) - Yuma Fire Department is reporting that a child has drowned in a backyard swimming pool.

It happened Wednesday evening, at around 7:30 pm.

Firefighters responded to a home in the 1100 block of Brahma Lane, where they found a Yuma Police Department Office performing CPR on a three-year-old boy.

According to firefighters, family members found the child in the backyard pool and pulled him out.

He was not breathing and unresponsive.

The Yuma Fire Department says it is believed the boy could have been underwater for five to ten minutes.

Paramedics administered emergency care at the scene, and rushed the child to Yuma Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Firefighters say they often hear that a child was only out of sight around water for a few minutes, when on the scene of a drowning or near drowning incidents.

Arizona loses the equivalent of a classroom full of children each year to drowning.

The Yuma Fire Department tells 13 On Your Side children four years old and younger are at the greatest risk. A child can drown in as little as an inch or two of water.

This is the second recent deadly child drowning involving a backyard pool in Yuma.

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