View Mobile Site

Ask the Expert

Signal Photos

3-year-old boy airlifted after near-drowning in Valencia

Posted: August 24, 2014 9:18 p.m.
Updated: August 24, 2014 9:18 p.m.

A 3-year-old boy was airlifted to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Sunday evening after falling into a pool in Valencia, according to a sergeant at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

The young boy was rescued from the water by his uncle, just as he had begun to stop struggling, said Sgt. Brian Allen of the SCV Sheriff’s Station.

Deputies responded to the 22500 block of Breakwater Way in Valencia after reports of a child unconscious and cleared a landing zone at Bridgeport Park for a Los Angeles County Fire Department helicopter.

“When the paramedics responded he was conscious and breathing,” Sgt. Allen said, adding that the boy had reportedly coughed up water and was taken to Children’s Hospital to be evaluated.

Allen said CPR had not been administered.

Los Angeles County Fire Dispatch Supervisor Robert Diaz confirmed that the helicopter carrying the boy landed at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles just after 8:40 p.m. but could not comment on the child's condition.

Diaz did say the orignal call had been to reports of a child drowning.


SReilly12: Posted: August 25, 2014 12:23 p.m.

From what I have been told, the first 24 hours are critical in these types of incidents........praying for this little one and his family!

Unreal: Posted: August 25, 2014 1:58 p.m.

Since he was breathing and awake when they got there is sounds good.

frankferryhater: Posted: August 25, 2014 2:02 p.m.

I ask the same thing in all these situations, who was watching him and where were they? On the phone, watching tv, making a sandwhich, hope it was worth it.

Unreal: Posted: August 25, 2014 4:19 p.m.

About 30 years ago my son was about 3 we were at a pool party with about 20 adults sitting in and around the pool. My son was in the pool (shallow end)
but had moved a little toward the deep end and was floundering for a few seconds before 2 people jumped in. It can happen so fast, even with several eyes watching. a couple people look away and there it is. I am sure the parents learned a lesson as did I. He did not go in without a life vest again until he was 5 and had swim lessons.

SReilly12: Posted: August 25, 2014 4:53 p.m.

Unreal - I've been down this path myself years ago. I was picking mine up from a pool party right after work. She was going down for the count.....I'll never forget the look on her face. I jumped in, suit, heels, purse the whole nine yards. Not one adult knew anything even happened until I came out of the water with her. That ended her pool parties days unless I was there to keep an eye on her myself!

Just got back from our vacation and meet a couple that lost their 2 year old. She drown in a 5 gallon bucket of water that was used as a water bowl for their 3 dogs.........

Beware of kids around any amount of water!

Unreal: Posted: August 25, 2014 5:43 p.m.

Yup. It happens fast. Parents are human and do look away. You don't mean to, but it is hard to keep staring at the kid. The life vest worked great. Of course you still watch, but it is back up for the times when we do look away for a minute.

chefgirl358: Posted: August 27, 2014 12:07 p.m.

frankferryhater, you can't blame parents, sometimes there is no way they could have known.

Years ago I had a friend who had a vicious rottweiler, the thing was just a mean butthead. This friend had a toddler. She kept the dog locked outside and was always fearful he might bite the kid. (I'm not going to get into why she kept the dog at that point). Her kid couldn't open the sliding glass door or work the latch, until one morning he figured it out real early before anyone else was up. She woke up, had that insane mom instinct something was wrong - skipped even going to the kid's room, ran downstairs and saw slider open. Kid was face down in the pool and that awful dog was a total hero, with the kid in his mouth swimming him out and then dragging him out of the pool. Kid was okay, and dog got to stay. Dog was still a jerk, but it loved that kid to death. Point is, you just never know. Many a child has drowned with a whole group of adults right there, the thing is, there is NO noise or screaming, splashing or flailing about like you would expect, it usually happens quietly so nobody catches it until it's too late.

I'm relieved beyond belief that it seems this child will be okay.

You need to be a registered user to post a comment. Please click here to register.

The Signal encourages readers to interact with one another, following the guidelines outlined in our Comment/Moderation Policy. Click here to read it.

To report offensive or inappropriate comments, e-mail The content posted from readers of does not necessarily represent the views of The Signal or Morris Multimedia. By submitting this form you agree to the terms and conditions listed above. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.


Powered By
Morris Technology
Please wait ...