HOUSTON -- Officials helped rescue two kids who were found under water in separate incidents across town.
In southwest Houston on Tuesday afternoon, an 8-year-old boy nearly drowned in a pool at an apartment complex along N. Braeswood Boulevard. The boy’s mother and another adult were nearby and pulled the child from the pool. They performed CPR on the child, and he was taken to the hospital by ambulance.
In Fulshear around the same time, first responders pulled a little boy from a retention pond in the Weston Lakes subdivision. He was reportedly in the water for 7 to 10 minutes and did not have a pulse when he was found.
Volunteers with the Fulshear Fire Department performed CPR until paramedics arrived. The boy was flown to Memorial Hermann Hospital, and he regained a pulse by the time he arrived at the hospital.
Not all kids are found in time, however.
At least three children have died this year from drowning in Harris County. At least 16 have drowned across Texas, and one of the most recent cases involved a 2-year-old who went into a plastic pool in the backyard of a Liberty County home. The toddler was found in just three feet of water. He was taken to the hospital but died two days later.
The YMCA wants parents to know how quickly a day of fun can turn to tragedy.
“A child who is drowning doesn’t always have the capacity to yell for help,” said Shawn Borzelleri with the YMCA. “They’re not necessary flailing in the water. They’re likely bobbing under the water, not being able to breath for a long period of time and taking in water.”