Alden, N.Y. (WKBW) – A six-year-old girl was rescued last night around 6 p.m. after deputies said they pulled her from the family pool on the 1800 block of Sandridge Road in Alden.
Police said the girl’s mother was able to get her from the pool and perform CPR, saving her life. After approximately a dozen rescue breathes, the child regained consciousness. Emergency personnel evaluated her when they arrived on scene. The girl is now recovering at Women and Children’s Hospital.
A second case over the weekend doesn’t have a happy ending. Rescue teams were in action along the Erie Canal at Main and Sweeney Streets. Witnesses said a man jumped into the water and then disappeared. Dive teams spent several hours trying to rescue him, but he is feared dead at this time.
These two incidents have police sounding the horn once again. They are asking people to please play safe around water this summer, especially children.
“Children four and under are at most risk of drowning and boys are more at risk than girls so let’s be sure when children area around the pool that they are attended and it would be great if we could make sure kids have swimming lessons,” Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burnstein said.
The victim in North Tonawanda was about 6 foot one inches tall and weighs about 300 pounds. Witnesses said he shouted, “I can’t swim” and then jumped into the water.