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Child drowns swimming near Saguaro Canyon

Confirmed through Tucson Police
Posted at 3:16 PM, Apr 27, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-28 18:18:03-04

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — The City of Tucson confirmed a 3-year-old drowning Thursday afternoon.

Public Information Officer Michael Colaianni reveals the child was "pulled from a pool and unresponsive."

He says no one knows for sure how long the toddler was in the pool.

Colaianni adds emergency crews tried to resuscitate the child. Their efforts were unsuccessful and they pronounced the 3-year-old dead at the scene.

As a result of this drowning, the city is advising the following:

  • A pool fence should be at least 5 feet high and have a self-closing, self-latching gate.
  • Never leave your child unattended around water - there is no room for compromise on this one. Babies can drown in as little as one inch of water.
  • Parents have a million things to do, but learning CPR should be on the top of the list. It will give you tremendous peace of mind – and the more peace of mind you have as a parent, the better.

City officials are also reminding the public drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children between 1 - 4 years old.
Original article below:

A child has passed away swimming near Saguaro Canyon.

The Tucson Police Department confirmed the tragic incident.

Sergeant Richard Gradillas says officers responded to the 4700 block of South Paseo Melodioso on Saturday.

Please stay with KGUN 9 for continuing updates.

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