Boy drowns in Phoenix apartment pool. (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -
Phoenix recorded its second drowning death in 24 hours after a boy scaled a fence and drowned in an apartment swimming pool, fire officials said.
The victim has been identified as 13-year-old Osmon Abdi. He did not live at the complex.
Nely Perez told CBS 5 News she was taking out the garbage when she saw the boy climb over the pool fence. She tried to tell the manager of the complex at 3625 W. Bethany Home Rd., but couldn't find him.
"When I came back I saw that the little boy's clothes were on the floor but didn't see him in the pool," Perez said.
Perez walked up to the gate and saw Osmond under water. She screamed for help. Her husband and a neighbor managed to pull the 13-year-old out of the deep end.
"They boy already had foam around his mouth and eyes," Raul Diaz said.
Cesar Pineda tried to give the boy CPR, but he said it was too late.
"I feel bad. I tried to do my best to save his life, but I couldn't," Pineda said.
Neighbors said because there's no life guard, the apartment's management is strict about who is allowed inside the gate.
"The tenants don't have a key. The manager usually opens the door for us when we want to go swimming," Brenda Mondaca said.
In the wake of this tragedy, many parents said they're sitting down with their children and having serious discussions.
"The most important thing is to talk to your kids about pool safety, water safety because you never know when something like this can happen," Mondaca said.
On Saturday night, a 17-year-old girl drowned at a pool party in the area of 5500 N. 41st Dr.
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Friday, August 22 2014 10:04 AM EDT2014-08-22 14:04:57 GMT
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