WEST JORDAN, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - Two families in Salt Lake County got quite a scare Wednesday. Two young boys swimming in separate pools across the valley nearly drowned.
Emotions were overflowing for two families in West Valley City and West Jordan.
"By the time the ambulance got here the mom was pretty upset," said Shirley Jellins, witness.
A Four year old boy nearly drowned in a community pool near 93rd South and Redwood Road in West Jordan. People at the pool had to pull him out, give him CPR, and the boy was airlifted to Primary Children's Medical Center.
"He wasn't responsive, they said he was breathing very shallow, and he was purple," said Jellins.
A similar situation happened at a home in West Valley City near 43rd South and 46th West. Two young boys, age two and three, were playing in plastic kiddie pool. The mother and grandmother weren't watching them for only a split second, then, they found younger boy face down in the water.
"Just for a brief moment, maybe one to two minutes unattended, the child was noticed to be in the pool," said Sgt. Amy Maurer, West Valley City Police.
That boy was also given CPR and air lifted to the Primary's. ABC 4 Utah is told families in both cities struggled with the boys brushes with death. For witnesses who almost saw the one of them lose his life, it was frightening.
"It was very scary, something I never want to go through, that was very scary."
At last check both boys were still alive. But with summer just starting, they may not be the only ones we hear about drowning or nearly drowning. According to safekids.org, drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death among children between 1 and 4 years old.
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