Around 12:30 pm Saturday afternoon, firefighters, paramedics and law enforcement responded to a reported child found in a pool at 37 N.W. 1st Way. Calls to 911 indicated the child was discovered in the water and CPR was being performed. Multiple units immediately responded and aggressive lifesaving efforts were undertaken by all personnel involved. The 18-month old patient was transported by Lee County EMS ambulance to Cape Coral Hospital where the patient was pronounced dead according to EMS.
The incident is under investigation by the Cape Coral Police Department and detectives as well as forensics personnel responded to the scene. According to CPD Spokesman Sgt. Dana Coston, preliminary indications reveal no foul play is suspected.
"Anytime there is a tragedy like this, it tears at you, but more so around the holidays," said Cape Coral fire spokesman Michael Heeder. Heeder, who was a paramedic for over 25 years, has seen firsthand the results of situations like this involving young children, some of whom passed away.
"It takes a toll on everyone involved. This kind of stress can affect first responders, but everyone that responded to the incident did a remarkable job," he said
Source: Cape Coral Fire Department
The Cape Coral Police and Fire Departments offer some general water safety tips:
Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments
Have a portable telephone close by at all times when you or your family are using a pool or spa
Always watch your child when they are in or near a pool or spa.
Share safety instructions with family, friends and neighbors
Install a four-foot or taller fence around the perimeter of the pool and spa and use self-closing and self-latching gates; ask your neighbors and community groups to do the same at all residential and public pools
If your house serves as a fourth side of a fence around a pool, install door and window alarms and always use them
Install pool and gate alarms to alert you when children go near the water
Ensure any pool and spa you use has compliant drain covers, and ask if you do not know
Maintain pool and spa covers in good working order
Consider using a surface wave or underwater alarm
Lastly, learn CPR. The City of Cape Coral offers frequent CPR classes, visit www.capecoral.net to sign up