Our complex was crawling with fire/rescue squads today. I counted at least 7 trucks...and later at least that many news vans reporting the happenings. Three children nearly drowned in our pool. Mr. Intensity was playing at a friend's house (I was a bit thankful he missed the action.)
After hearing the sirens and realizing all the trucks were going to our complex pool, Hubby and I walked into the green space to see it swarming with men in blue shirts - and a small boy being wheeled away on a stretcher. We both had pits in our stomachs.
From what we could surmise (or over hear, really) - there were several people in the pool, including the children's parents. A man (not related to near-drowning victims) saw the three children floating face down in the water. He pulled them out and began administering CPR.
This was a super reality check for us - to keep our eyes open at all times when Mr. Intensity is near water.
According to one source, "A child will lose consciousness two minutes after submersion, with irreversible brain damage occurring within four to six minutes." This can happen in only one inch of water - like the bathtub.
Let this be a reminder to all: watch kids around water.