Two residents died in unrelated drownings over the weekend, and
police say it’s the time of year to start thinking about safety
around swimming pools.
The first incident occurred at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in the 400
block of Harvard Road. Karimeh Goli, 75, apparently tripped and fell
into a relative’s pool. Health problems, including poor vision and
Alzheimer’s disease, might have contributed to the accident, police
said. The woman was found shortly after by family members.
A second drowning took place at 7:45 p.m. Saturday. Linda
Sorenson, 48, was sitting in the spa at her apartment complex in the
3600 block of West Verdugo Avenue when she drowned, police said.
Sorenson was discovered soon after the incident by other residents,
Police have not determined a cause for the drowning, but officials
said it does not appear foul play was involved. Inves- tigators are
awaiting the results of toxicology tests, police said.
While neither of the weekend’s incidents appeared to be the type
of accidents that could have been easily avoided, Lt. Janice Lowers
said it is the time of year for those with pools at their homes to
remember to follow proper safety guidelines.
In particular, Lowers said it is important for pool owners to be
aware that the swimming pool can be a dangerous place for accidents
involving elderly people.
“We’re pretty good about watching our kids,” Lowers said. “But we
need to be cognizant of older people as well.”
Tips for keeping pools safe include maintaining a secure fence
around a pool area, keeping the gate leading to the pool locked,
always supervising children or others who cannot swim and keeping
lifesaving equipment nearby.