Two near-drownings highlight pool safety issues
The importance of pool safety came to the forefront this
week in the wake of two near-drownings in
Two children have been pulled from swimming pools in
About 4 p.m. Tuesday, a 3-year-old boy was found at the
bottom of a pool at
Early Sunday, a
14-year-old girl was pulled from the bottom of the swimming pool at the Aintree Condominium complex at
The names and conditions of both victims were not available. However, police said the girl's condition was life-threatening just after the accident.
Pool safety is mostly common sense, said Lexington Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Fowler.
“It's nothing new, but don't ever leave small children unsupervised. All you have to do is run in the house to answer the phone and a child can get into trouble.”
The teenager was with two friends, both also juveniles, when that accident occurred. The uninjured youths were charged with criminal trespassing, police said.
Betsy Howard, who said she was the mother of one of the uninjured juveniles, a 14-year-old girl, said that the youths had used the pool before.
The two girls and a boy, also 14, were having a sleepover at Howard's house, which is near the condominium complex, she said. She said the teens were good children who did not use alcohol or illegal drugs. She said that she was asleep when the trio left her house.
“They knew it (using the pool) was okay during the day. Of course they knew it was wrong to sneak out and go swimming at night,” she said.
“This is just a horrible, horrible accident.”
Howard claimed that the drain at the bottom of the pool had no grate on it and that lighting around the pool was not operational at the time of the incident.
The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department inspected
both pools recently and gave them high ratings. The
The pool at Lexington Villas at
Reporter Linda Blackford contributed to this article. Reach Jennifer Hewlett at (859) 231-3308 or 1-800-950-6397, Ext. 3308.