3-year-old boy nearly drowns in Phoenix pool

3-year-old boy nearly drowns in Phoenix pool

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A 3-year-old boy was rushed to the hospital Sunday morning after family members found him floating in a pool near I-17 and Union Hills Road.

Phoenix firefighters say there were adults in the house at the time but they lost track of him.

The little boy is listed in very critical condition and is being treated in the ICU. Phoenix Fire Department say what happened was totally preventable.

"Actually I was in my bed and I saw the ambulance come. I heard a bang and...I got straight to my grandma and we looked outside there was, I can't even describe it, it was so sad," said Mariah Graziani, a neighbor.

Neighbors heard the commotion just after 10 a.m.

Police and paramedics responded to a call that a little boy was found unresponsive in the backyard pool.

"They walked out with the stretcher, there were people all around so you couldn't see anything," said Sandy Graziani, a neighbor.

"The family was all up, they had just had breakfast and they lost accountability of where the child was. When they found him, he's floating on top of the pool," said Capt. Jonathan Jacobs with Phoenix Fire Department.

Jacobs says the dad pulled the boy out and crews started life saving measures within minutes.

However, there was no pool fence or barriers.

"The more barriers that you have the more prevention, the better off that you are going to be when an incident like that occurs," said Jacobs.

"It's an open pool, basically there's no protection, there's nothing," said Huliscs Morales, a neighbor.

Those who know the family describe them as nice people but agree something should have been done to keep the little boy away from the water.

"We have a fence and a lock. That's really sad because there are a lot of kids around here," said Sandy Graziani.  

Phoenix Fire Department say this isn't the first drowning call crews responded to this year. The first was in February, also a 3-year-old. It's yet another reason to remind parents, grandparents and caretakers to watch your kids around water anytime of year.

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