Aug 112017

PEORIA, AZ – A 2-year-old boy was rushed into medical care on Friday morning after he was found in a backyard pool at a Peoria home, but was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.

Parents began performing CPR at the home near 83rd Avenue and Cactus Road, and paramedics took over when they arrived.

The boy, identified as Ezra by family friends, was unresponsive as he was being transported to Banner Thunderbird Medical Center. He was pronounced dead upon arriving at the hospital at 11 a.m.

Peoria fire spokesman Tim Eiden say the boy’s father found the child, Ezra in the pool, but it was unclear how long he had been in the water.

Source: 2-year-old boy dies after being found in Peoria pool – ABC15 Arizona

Aug 082017

YOUNGTOWN, AZ – The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office says a child has died after she was pulled from a pool in Youngtown.

According to the Sun City Fire Department, the toddler was airlifted to Phoenix Children’s Hospital after she was discovered in a pool at a home near 111th and Alabama avenues.

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said the girl had crawled out of the house through a dog door and ended up in the water.

MCSO said the child was missing for about 10 minutes.

Source: Girl dead after falling into Youngtown pool – ABC15 Arizona

Jul 222017

LAKE HAVASU CITY, AZ – Officials are investigating after a husband and wife drowned at Lake Havasu on Friday.

The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to a report of an adult woman that was pulled from the water just before 3:30 p.m.

Good Samaritans who were off duty Los Angeles County deputy sheriff’s performed CPR on the woman before she was later pronounced dead by fire personnel at the Crazy Horse Docks.

Deputies then learned a man was missing from the same boat. Search crews located the man about 15 minutes later at the bottom of the lake in approximately 12 feet of water.

The man was taken to the Crazy Horse Docks where he was also pronounced dead.

Source: Officials investigating after husband and wife drown at Lake Havasu – ABC15 Arizona

Jul 192017

PAYSON, AZ -Crews have located remains during their search for a 27-year-old man who went missing after deadly flash flooding near Payson that killed nine of his relatives.

Officials at a Wednesday evening press conference confirmed they had found remains “believed to be related to the search” for Hector Miguel Garnica.

The Department of Public Safety is doing DNA analysis on the remains.

Source: Payson flash flooding deaths: Crews locate remains during search for missing man – ABC15 Arizona

Jul 162017

PAYSON, Ariz. – Nine bodies were recovered over the weekend, all part of the same family, after a flash flood swept through a popular swimming hole north of Payson.

The family was celebrating a birthday at the Cold Springs Swimming Hole on Saturday afternoon, when meteorologists issued a Flash Flood Warning.

A 4-foot wall of water and debris tore through the canyon, washing some of the victims several miles downstream.

The victims who were found dead on Saturday and Sunday were identified by Gila County Sheriff’s Office on Monday as: Jonathan Leon, 13; Mia Garnica, 5; Emily Garnica, 3; Daniel Garnica, 7; Javier Raya-Garcia, 19; Selia Garcia Castaneda, 57; Erica Raya-Garcia, 2; Maribel Raya-Garcia, 24; and Maria Raya-Garcia, 27.

A family member told ABC15 that Hector Garnica, 27, is still missing. Crews are still searching the area.

Source: Payson flash flooding deaths: Who are the victims? – ABC15 Arizona

Jul 142017

Victoria Arias’ reputation — of having a welcoming “aura,” and of sharing her talents as a mariachi — brought about 600 to a prayer service Wednesday evening at south-side San Miguel High School’s gymnasium.

On Monday morning, July 10, Arias, a healthy and strong 18-year-old lap swimmer, was found at the bottom of her family’s pool in southwest Tucson.

She had been swimming laps, as she did daily, but for reasons no one knows had apparently been underwater for at least 10 minutes, said Tracy Koslowski, a spokeswoman for Drexel Heights Fire District. Relatives did CPR until Drexel Heights paramedics arrived and continued the efforts, then took Arias to St. Mary’s Hospital.

Msgr. Raúl Trevizo, pastor at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church where the Arias family are parishioners, announced that Arias died about 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Source: Tucson teen’s tragedy unites her community in prayer | Local news |

Jul 022017

A 2 1/2-year-old girl who was submerged in a backyard pool for an unknown period of time late Sunday afternoon was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital, authorities said.

The girl was identified as Vivica Camacho. Fire crews responded to the drowning call near 43rd Avenue and Bethany Home Road and found the child was not breathing, Capt. Larry Subervi said.

She was pulled from the pool in the 4100 block of West Cavalier Drive about 5 p.m.A Phoenix police spokeswoman confirmed the girl’s death.

Source: Toddler pronounced dead after being pulled from pool

Jul 022017

PHOENIX – The Phoenix Fire Department was called out to a west Phoenix home after a toddler drowned.

According to officials, two-year-old Vivica Camacho was submerged in the water, for an unknown period of time, at a home near 43rd Avenue and Bethany Home Road before he was pulled out.

Camacho was taken to a hospital without a pulse; she was not breathing and she later passed away, officials said.

Source: Toddler dies after being pulled from Phoenix pool – ABC15 Arizona

Jun 102017

BUCKEYE, AZ – An 18-month-old girl is hospitalized after being pulled from a Buckeye pool.
The Buckeye Fire Department responded to a home Miller and Lower Buckeye roads around 7:15 p.m. Saturday after receiving reports about a possible drowning.
According to a fire spokesperson, the infant was in the pool for an unknown amount of time after falling in.
The pool has no barrier or fencing around it.

Source: Buckeye Fire: 18-month-old girl pulled from pool, airlifted to hospital in critical condition – ABC15 Arizona

Jun 052017

A woman drowned in a west Valley canal, just hours after a body was found in the same area.

The incident happened around 1 a.m. on Monday in the area of 99th Avenue and McDowell Road in west Phoenix.

Phoenix Police say a man called 911 after spotting a woman struggling to stay above water in a canal.

Firefighters from Phoenix, Avondale and Tolleson responded to the scene. Unfortunately, by the time rescuers arrived on scene, the woman had drowned. Firefighters recovered the body.

Source: Woman drowns overnight in west Phoenix canal; another body recovered hours earlier – ABC15 Arizona