LAS VEGAS FIRE & RESCUE
DATE/TIME: 052399/2100PDT
RELEASE: 99-77

CITY FIREFIGHTERS RESPOND TO 2 WATER RELATED INCIDENTS ON SUNDAY


Las Vegas Firefighters responded to two different water related
incidents on opposite sides of the city which involved children and swimming
pools. Both of the children are spending the night at University Medical
Center's Emergency Pediatric Unit.
The first incident occurred at 3:58PM, at the Pecos Motor Couch
Mobile Home Park at 2000 N. Pecos.
Fire Paramedics were told that a nine year old girl was lying in the bottom
of the pool. Three girls, including the girl’s sister, ages 10-13 years,
jumped into the pool and pulled the girl out. One of the girls also went to
call 9-1-1. Apparently the nine year old girl was swimming when the incident
occurred for unknown reasons. There was no life guard on duty at the pool
which serves the mobile home park. CPR or mouth-to-mouth resuscitation was
not needed. By the time emergency personnel arrived, the girl was breathing
on her own. She was taken to UMC’s Pediatric Unit for observation.
The second incident occurred at 5:15PM at 2812 Alcoa Ave. A two year
old boy was riding his bike in the backyard of the home. His mother went
into the house to get something and we she returned a few minutes later, she
found the boy floating in the pool. He was taken out and was barely
breathing when Paramedics arrived on the scene. He too was taken to UMC’s
Pediatric Unit.
Children should NEVER be left UNATTENDED near a pool for ANY length
of time, NOT even for a few seconds. For older children, at least one adult
should be available in case of an emergency.


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