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Firefighters Respond to Child Drowning

Shortly after 7 p.m. on Monday, May 7, 2018, Rancho Cucamonga Firefighters responded to a reported drowning in San Bernardino Rd. Fire Station 172’s response area.  

Upon arrival, firefighters found a Sheriff’s Deputy from the Rancho Cucamonga station doing CPR on a five-year-old male. Shortly before that, a neighbor had pulled the boy out of the deep end of the swimming pool and attempted to render aid. Firefighter/Paramedics began treating the child that was unconscious and not breathing, before transporting him by ground ambulance to a local hospital. After exhaustive efforts to revive the boy, unfortunately he passed away at the hospital the following morning.

This is a devastating tragedy that the Fire District wants to prevent families from experiencing. Remembering the ABC’s of Water Safety will help keep your family safe around water this summer.

  • Active Adult Supervision – Most child victims are supervised by one or both parents when swimming pool submersions happen. Last year 77% of child victims were missing for five minutes or less when they were found in the pool drowned or submerged. Active adult supervision is maintaining eye contact with the child at all times and staying within reach of the child.
  • Barriers – Use multiple barriers to keep children out of the water such as fencing, gates, latches, alarms, pool safety nets and pool safety covers. Children should not be able to get over, under or through barriers.
  • Classes (CPR & Swimming Lessons) – Adults should take CPR classes, learn proper rescue techniques and keep rescue equipment at poolside. Kids can develop swim or water safety skills through qualified instructors.

( News Release )