PACIFIC PALISADES—On the afternoon of Sunday, July 18, a young girl, who was in town for a visit at the Palisades residence of a family friend, drowned and subsequently died. The 7-year-old girl’s guardians reportedly lost sight of her for only a few minutes before she was found submerged in the backyard pool, fully clothed. Reports issued said the girl was one of a few children who had been playing by the pool, but not swimming at the time of the accident. Multiple people at the scene tried in vain to revive her through CPR. However, when the paramedics arrived, she was non-responsive. The girl was immediately airlifted to UCLA Ronald Regan Medical Center, where she later died.
The incident was one of numerous drowning related accidents, which occurred over the hot summer weekend as people sought a cooling refuge from the high temperatures. An 80-year-old woman in Northridge was taken from her pool after falling in and was transported to a hospital in worrisome condition. An adult man was pulled from his pool and transported in grave condition to the hospital. An infant was later pulled from a pool and survived, while a 3-year-old was hospitalized in fair condition after being immersed in a pool. Even with the weekend over, on Monday, July 19, the LAFD pulled a man out of the pool at his residence by the Sunset entrance to the 405. The man was transported to UCLA in critical condition.
With the summer heat peaking and extremely high temperatures circulating throughout the city, residents are reminded to take the necessary precautions when spending time outside by the pool. Pool safety is imperative, as is being aware of emergency response techniques and resources. If you have any questions, check out the LACFD website for a pool safety checklist and other helpful information.