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Near-Drowning Sounds Alarm About Dangers Facing Children

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HOOD COUNTY (CBS11) - A near-drowning in Hood County is once again sounding the alarm about the dangers children face in swimming pools and other bodies of water.

The latest incident happened Thursday at the Pecan Plantation country club just south of Granbury.

Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds says a two-year-old child was pulled from a swimming pool.

The Pecan Plantation volunteer fire chief says someone gave the child CPR before paramedics arrived.

Pecan Plantation
Pecan Plantation (Jack Fink - CBS11)

The toddler was able to start breathing again.

Paramedics airlifted the child to Cook Children's Hospital in Fort Worth.

The hospital says so far this week, it has treated ten children who had to be rescued from the water.

Two youngsters died.

They don't want a repeat of last summer when the hospital treated 55 children who nearly drowned.

Four youngsters died.

The sheriff says in Thursday's incident, the child was at the pool with a babysitter.

The Hood County District Attorney's office Crimes Against Children's Task Force is now investigating the near-drowning, a standard procedure in the county.

Cook Children's has some tips to keep your child safe in the water:

Get in the pool, stream or lake with your children.

Be a water watcher - closely watch them.

If you're at a pool-party, adults can take turns watching the kids.

Use life jackets when possible.

You can also enroll your children in water safety classes. Several groups offer them free of charge to those in need.

Learn CPR.

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