Police in Las Vegas are giving public service announcements by showing a video of adults and children who seemed to be having a fun day at a swimming pool.
What viewers may not have noticed at first glance is that a child had fallen into deep water. Almost two minutes pass before anyone notices, and the young boy is pulled out. Luckily, the child survived.
However, two children drowned just days apart, also in Las Vegas, earlier this year.
According to police, the first incident happened on March 16. A three-year-old boy was found unconscious in a family pool. Despite CPR attempts, the boy died after arriving at a hospital.
The second incident occurred a few days later. A three-year-old girl was found in her family's backyard pool. She also died at the hospital.
According to police, both families had no previous contact with Child Protection Services (CPS) investigators.
Authorities said the deaths of the two children were "tragic accidents."
They also reminded parents about the "ABCDs" of pool safety:
- A – Adult supervision, which is the most important.
- B – Barriers around bodies of water.
- C – Classes in which children learn how to swim and parents learn how to provide CPR.
- D – Devices, including floaties, and technological gadgets that can be placed in pool areas that alert adults when there's movement.
Ricardo Torres-Cortez "Recent child drownings prompt Metro's urgent call for pool safety" lasvegassun.com (Mar. 24, 2021).