NORTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) - Rescue crews rushed a toddler to the hospital after, officials said, the child was pulled unresponsive from a swimming pool in North Miami, Saturday afternoon.
According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, North Miami Police officers began administering CPR on the young victim before paramedics arrived at the home on Northeast 127th Street and Second Avenue.
Officials said the call about the near drowning came at around 12:30 p.m.
Paramedics transported the child to the hospital in critical condition.
Area resident Jules Lubin lamented the unfortunate incident. “I know this family when they moved here. Those people are so sweet,” he said.
The near drowning comes one day after a 2-year-old drowned in a backyard pool along the 7300 block of Northwest 47th Place in Lauderhill.
Investigators said a family member pulled the child out of the water. An officer performed CPR until paramedics arrived and took over, but it was too late.
Police are urging families with young children to pay particular attention to pool areas during the summer months. “Those who have pools should understand they need to take safety precautions when it comes to the pools, such as fencing or even monitoring the children,” said Lauderhill Police Lt. Michael Santiago, “locking the door behind them to make sure these children don’t leave the home on their own accidentally and fall into the pool or swim in the pool thinking that they can swim.”
Back in North Miami, neighbors are hopeful the toddler in Saturday’s near drowning will survive. “Good, good family. He’s a very caring father. Man, unbelievable,” said Lubin.
As of 7 a.m., Sunday, police have not given an update on this child’s condition.
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