Aug 072016

Three near drownings of 3-year-old children kept police and firefighters busy across the Valley Sunday evening. The first incident occurred around 6:30 p.m. in Chandler, when a 3-year-old girl was caught underwater beneath a pool flotation item for nearly a minute before being pulled out by family members, authorities said.

The girl was blue when she was removed from the pool near Alma School and Chandler Heights roads, Chandler fire officials said. Fire officials said the girl was conscious and was taken to Cardon Children’s hospital for further examination.

Thirty minutes later in Ahwatukee Foothills, a 3-year-old boy was underwater for nearly a minute before being pulled out, Phoenix fire officials said. The boy was conscious and breathing, officials said. Fire crews remained at the scene near 48th Street and Ray Road to examine the child, but he was not transported to a hospital, officials said.

About a half-hour later, firefighters were called to a third incident, this time in w est Phoenix, to a home near 83rd Avenue and Indian School Road, where a 3-year-old boy had nearly drowned. The boy was underwater for an unknown amount of time, according to Phoenix fire officials. He was taken to a hospital, and fire officials said he was in stable condition.

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