Newport Beach firefighters are crediting the quick actions of a mother and a neighbor for helping to save the life of a 7-year-old boy who nearly drowned Thursday afternoon.
Firefighters rushed to a home in Newport’s Dover Shores neighborhood at 4:09 p.m. after the boy was found at the bottom of a pool, authorities said.
But when the first fire engine arrived at the home about 4 1/2 minutes later, the boy was out of the pool, awake and breathing, the Fire Department said.
The boy’s mother and a neighbor had pulled him from the water and performed CPR until he began breathing again, firefighters said.
“The quick thinking and CPR gave the child valuable treatment, enabling Newport Beach paramedics to further sustain the victim’s life and transport him to a local hospital,” the Fire Department said in a statement.
Authorities said they aren’t sure how the boy ended up at the bottom of the pool. They estimated he was underwater for less than a minute.
“Incidents such as this underscore the importance of having a designated lifeguard or adult supervise children when they are in or around water,” the Fire Department said. “It also demonstrated the value of bystander CPR.”
Jeremiah Dobruck, firstname.lastname@example.org