PALM HARBOR — An 11-month-old boy who fell into a pool while toddling in his walker was pulled out of the water with no pulse, but was revived by his father and rushed to a hospital, authorities said.
Palm Harbor Fire Rescue workers were called to a home on Chatham Drive just before noon Wednesday.
According to fire officials, the child's father and grandfather were home and watching television. They told officials that the family dog apparently pushed open a screen door, and the child followed the dog to the pool deck.
The father went to look for his son and found him and his walker at the bottom of the pool, officials said. It was not known how long the child was in the water, but he was blue and had no pulse.
The father performed CPR, and the child was crying when rescue units arrived. He was taken to Mease Countryside Hospital for treatment.
Boys under age 5 are at the highest risk of drowning, said Liz Monforti, public information officer for Palm Harbor Fire Rescue.
Parents can help prevent drownings by implementing the safety tips explained at floridasafepools.com, she said.
Florida leads the nation in drowning deaths among children under age 5.
Peter Jamison can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 445-4157.