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2 KIDS SAVED FROM DROWNING

A 3-year-old and 7-year-old are pulled, unconscious, from two different pools.

An afternoon playing in pools nearly turned deadly for two children found unconscious in the water Sunday.

Bystanders found a 3-year-old boy unconscious in a swimming pool at 2:47 p.m. at the Temple Terrace Patio Homes, in the 5100 block of Temple Heights road.

Less than 15 minutes later, rescue crews rushed to the French Quarter Apartments at 6411 N Armenia Ave. Bystanders found a 7-year-old unconscious in the water there, according to Tampa Fire Rescue.

Bystanders pulled both children from the water and performed CPR before paramedics arrived.

Jonathan Phillips, 12, said he jumped into the pool after he heard the 3-year-old boy's mom screaming.

"When I pulled him out, he started breathing, throwing up and crying for his mom," Phillips said.

The 3-year-old was taken to University Community Hospital, where he was reportedly awake and breathing on his own.

The 7-year-old was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital. He was awake Sunday afternoon with no serious injuries from the accident, Tampa police Lt. Ronald McMullen said.

Officials had not released names of the children or details about their medical conditions Sunday afternoon. But they said it appeared the children were lucky.

In both cases, adults were nearby but didn't notice the children in trouble until it was almost too late, Tampa fire Capt. Bill Wade said.

Pools have often proved dangerous to children.

Jordan Acosta, who was 15 months old, drowned in early July after he walked through an open gate and fell into his grandparents' Citrus County pool. The family was unaware of the danger as they tended to another child who had cut her chin.

Wade said parents should always closely watch children playing near the pool.

Catherine E. Shoichet can be reached at cshoichet@sptimes.com or (813) 661-2454.

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