Child airlifted to hospital after drowning scare

American Medical Response EMTs and Los Angeles County Fire Department paramedics load a child onto Copter 17 after a near drowning near Rio Norte Junior High School. Austin Dave/ The Signal

A child who nearly drowned at a pool in Valencia was airlifted to a hospital Tuesday, after being rescued and then resuscitated by one of the child’s parents.

The incident happened shortly after 6 p.m. Emergency response crews were dispatched to a home on Calle Terraza in Tesoro del Valle, according to officials.

“We had a report of a child drowning,” Supervisor Melanie Flores of the Los Angeles County Fire Department said late Tuesday afternoon.

“The child was taken out of the water, and was awake and breathing after a parent performed CPR,” she said.

Paramedics took the child and a man who appeared to be the child’s father to the soccer field at Rio Norte Junior High School.

Once at the school, the child was transferred to a rescue helicopter and taken to the hospital.

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