Firefighters Respond to Calls of 3 Drownings in Last 2 Days

Among the incidents were a 3-year-old who fell into a pool in San Clemente and a 17-year-old who underestimated surf conditions in Dana Point.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

Three drownings were reported in Orange County in the past two days, fire officials said.

Just after 6 p.m., there was a call of a 3-year-old girl who fell into a backyard pool in the 500 block of Calle de Soto in San Clemente, Capt. Steve Concialdi of the Orange County Fire Authority said.

The girl was left alone momentarily, but her father returned to find her in the pool, Concialdi said.

She had also removed her floaties, he said.

Firefighters performed CPR on the girl, who was transported to the Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo with moderate injuries, Concialdi said.

"Children three years or younger need to stay at arms length of their parents," he said.

At 3 p.m., there was a report of a 17-year-old in Dana Pont Harbor who was unfamiliar with surf conditions and needed to be rescued by lifeguards, according to the fire captain.

He was hospitalized in an unknown condition, but was expected to be OK, Concialdi said.

On Thursday, a 9-year-old special needs boy was hospitalized in serious condition after an incident in a community pool in Santa Ana, according to Concialdi.

The incident happened at 3:45 p.m. at the Jerome Park public pool at 726 Center St., Concialdi said. The boy was discovered in the bottom of the pool and was taken to Coastal Community Hospital, he said.

So far this year, there have been 10 fatal drownings in Orange County and 18 cases where people needed water rescues, Concialdi said.

The captain added that one of the best ways to prevent drowning is to always swim with a buddy.

--City News Service

Dwight July 05, 2014 at 10:01 PM
Why is the truth sensationalism? Penny called it as it is and she is right. I think you are asking her to be PC. Obviously this horrible trend is occurring at an alarming rate this year. Come on folks lay it out there!
Pam Ragland July 06, 2014 at 02:04 PM
You guys are missing the point. Watch your kids and be careful in the water!! My daughter 'forgot' to swim at age 5 in the RSM Beach Club after 2 years of swimming fine in swimming lessons. She just turned 13 & remembers it as 'getting tired'. She didn't scream she was just bobbing under. Thankfully a dad saw her & pulled her out. After that I made both my kids wear life vests for quite a while. I almost drowned when I was 4. I could not swim, dove in the pool like my cousins and went to the bottom. I was looking at the top saying 'wow I wonder how I get up there??' I had no fear & no idea I could die. Thankfully my cousin saw me and pulled me out. Kids die without a sound. We need to respect the water and watch all the kids. There should be someone designated to watch each specific child. THAT is the point. Further even near drownings can cause aspiration pneumonia where water gets in the lungs, can cause brain damage from lack of oxygen, and it can cause neurological damage. Children can and do die later after being resuscitated. So even a near drowning is not without its complications. Penny is right.
Dwight July 06, 2014 at 02:38 PM
Pam, great points about water safety. However, water safety is not the intention of this article. So it isn't "the point." This article merely reports drownings. I believe that reporting out in the true clinical sense has a better impact in leading to better water safety. People need to hear the word. There are way to many occurrences year-to-date for various reasons. I hope this article and discussion will wake people up so there is more focus and interest in water safety.
Sallie July 07, 2014 at 01:58 PM
I am on several grief pages on Facebook due to the passing of my husband several years ago. Every day I read of parents or grandparents overcome with grief and guilt because a child of theirs died by drowning. They all say, "but I only turned my head or left him/her alone for a minute." That's all it takes! Near drownings can result in terrible consequences too. Let's not get caught up in semantics. WATCH YOUR KIDS AROUND WATER!
Dwight July 07, 2014 at 04:38 PM
Sallie, agreed. I have been surfing all of my life and I have been in very precarious situations with my leash snapping and having no fins. Very scary. I have been lucky so far. We need to watch our kids. Parents own this. Based on my personal experiences, I believe that none of us should ever swim alone.


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