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May 5, 2010 2:36 AM by Monica Quintero

Nipomo boy nearly drowns; tips to prevent this

A San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Deputy comes to the rescue of a Nipomo boy who nearly drowned in a backyard pool. It happened Tuesday afternoon on the 900-block of Orchard in Nipomo. Deputies said the boy's mother had put him down for a nap. Then, sometime later she found him floating face down in their pool.

Fortunately, Deputy Jason Nadell was nearby and responded five minutes after the call came in. Commander Brian Hascall, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department, said, "We're really pleased because it turned a situation positive, that otherwise would have been very tragic."

The family had started CPR on the child and when Deputy Nadell arrived he took over performing the life-saving technique. Fortunately, he was able to revive the little boy. Hernan Cortes, neighbor, said, "That can happen to anybody and luckily he's good."

The pool temperature may have played a role in the toddler's survival, cold temperatures can offer rescuers a better chance of reviving a victim. Rescuers said this is a good reminder of the dangers of pools around children. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests not putting a swimming pool in your yard until children are older than 5-years-old and put up a fence to separate the house from the pool. It also recommends keep rescue equipment, such as a life preserver, and a telephone by the pool. In addition, remove all toys after use so children aren't tempted to reach for them. Commander Hascall said, "The most important thing is to enclose the pool so that small children can not access it ."

Another important reminder is to know CPR. Sheriff's deputies said it's incidents like this that reinforce why they're required to recertify that skill every two years. Experts also can't stress enough to never leave your child alone in or near a pool. At last check, the boy was at a local hospital in stable, but serious condition.

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