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Two-year-old boy Tucson's first drowning victim of 2014

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A two-year-old boy became Tucson's first drowning victim of the year on Monday evening, authorities said.

At about 7:45 p.m., Tucson Fire Department units went to an apartment complex in the 4200 block of East Monte Vista Drive after reports of a near drowning, a department spokesman said.

Extensive efforts were made to resuscitate the boy at the scene and at the hospital, said Captain Barret Baker, but he died at the hospital.

The child was found in a hot tub in the gated pool area of the apartment complex by an adult, Baker said. The boy was then taken to the parking lot of the complex where another adult on the scene started CPR.

When TFD medics arrived, they quickly assessed the boy and transported him to the hospital, said Baker. They reached the hospital at 7:55 p.m.

The boy was pronounced dead at the hospital after all efforts to revive him failed, Baker said.

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Drowning prevention ABCs

A — Active adult supervision

Children must be supervised at all times when around water.

B — Barriers

Make it difficult for children to ever get into the water by accident.

C — Classes

Adults should take CPR classes and kids should take swimming. Knowing CPR makes everyone a first responder and can make a huge difference whether there is a drowning or a near drowning.

Source: Tucson Fire Department

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