LANCASTER, N.Y. (WIVB) – A three-year-old girl has died after being found unresponsive in a pool along with her four-year-old brother Friday evening, News 4 has learned.
Lancaster police say the girl was pronounced dead at 8:37 P.M. Friday. Her brother is still in critical condition at Women and Children’s Hospital as of Saturday evening. The incident happened on Rose Street in Lancaster.
According to Lancaster Police, the children were found by their aunt floating in a backyard pool around 7:37 P.M. at the home where they live with their grandmother and father.
Paramedics immediately began CPR and the children were rushed to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Cheektowaga, the closest hospital to the home. The boy was later taken to Women and Children’s Hospital.
Lancaster Police are calling this a swimming accident, but say they’re still investigating. The names of the victims are not being released.
It’s the second drowning in a backyard pool involving children four or younger in the last two days. A firefighter’s one-year-old daughter drowned in a pool in Akron Thursday evening.
Safety officials are reminding adults it’s crucial to supervise children whenever they are near any body of water. Adults should never take their eyes off of young swimmers, not even for a moment.