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Near drowning highlights importance of water safety for children

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - A two-year-old Spokane Valley girl nearly drowned this week after she fell into a decorative pool in her parent's back yard.

The scary incident coming as a reminder that water safety for kids is statistically even more important than wearing a seat-belt.                                                                 

Other than birth defects, the number one cause of death for kids all the way up until they're 14 years old, is drowning.

In fact, accidental drownings kill three children every day in this country. Small kids can drown in just a couple inches of water.

It's hard to blame anyone for wanting to have a little man-made slice of aquatic beauty in their own back yard. But on Thursday night, a shallow decorative pond almost claimed the life of a two year old.

“The small child was left unattended a couple of minutes and the child ended up getting into a decorative pond and was not breathing or responsive when the father located her,” said Spokane Valley Police Officer Mark Gregory.

The dad pulled the child from the water and began CPR.

“So when deputy turner arrived, he took over CPR for the father and he was able to get some water to come out of the child's mouth and be able to continue CPR,” said Gregory.

By the time Valley Fire transported the girl off to Sacred Heart, her parents were delighted to hear she was breathing and crying.

“This type of incident is something that happens way too often across the nation. It could happen to anyone of us who have young children,” said Gregory.

That's why a Spokane company called Infant Swimming Resource is teaching kids how to enter the water, even face first, then roll over and float on their backs.

While many parents try to be literally hands on with kids when they're near water, it only take a minute for something to go wrong.

The two-year-old girl is currently listed in serious condition at Providence Sacred Heart Children's Hospital, but expected to make a full recovery.