UPDATE: Child Expected to Survive After Nearly Drowning on Christmas Night in Clayton

December 26, 2013 12:01 pm · 29 comments

A four-year-old boy narrowly escaped drowning in a backyard pool in Clayton on Christmas Day, a Contra Costa County Fire Protection District spokesman said.

Firefighters and paramedics were dispatched to a home on Inverness Way at 7:12 p.m. on Wednesday after family members found the boy floating in the pool and pulled him out, fire spokesman Capt. Kent Kirby said.

Dispatchers gave the relatives step-by-step CPR instructions over the phone, and the boy regained consciousness before a firefighter-paramedic unit arrived, he said.

“It was a close call,” the captain said.

The boy was taken to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek in critical condition but is expected to survive.

The home where the incident occurred is located near fire station #11, which closed earlier this year due to budget cuts.

However, the fire district’s Engine 22, based out of Crystyl Ranch, is stationed in Clayton from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and was able to respond within minutes.

Without the mobile command unit, the captain said, “it could have been a longer response.”

RELATED STORY: Four Year Old Child Falls Into Pool in Clayton on Christmas Night


1 Cowellian December 26, 2013 at 12:14 PM
2 J. December 26, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Did Squad-1 respond?

That’s the little truck with the camper shell and two firefighter/Paramedics on board.

3 lifeguard December 26, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Pools are a death trap for Children. When will parents learn.
Most have childproofed their home, yet leave that in their backyard.
It is too hard to keep your eye on a child every second, and that’s all it takes is a second.

4 Jay December 26, 2013 at 12:30 PM

I’m so glad the boy is ok… What a horrible experience

5 micheLLeS December 26, 2013 at 12:34 PM

So glad the child is okay!

6 Pro Fi December 26, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Wow… great news! Thanks for the update Mr. mayor. Prayers and good juju to all those involved.

7 Jim Shoes December 26, 2013 at 1:03 PM

I’m glad the child is ok. And what if it were after 8 pm? Someone really needs to do something about getting this fire station staffed 24/7

8 Susanne Renner December 26, 2013 at 1:42 PM

Learning the child survived is the BEST news of the day. Continued good thoughts for a full recovery. Sending mom and dad extra love as well.

9 Aunt Itesis December 26, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Hope there is a happy outcome here.
It’s not enough to childproof your
home/pool. You need to childproof
your child with swimming lessons while
they are still toddlers. The least they will
learn is how to float, which is enough to
save their lives in a number of scenarios.

10 ! December 26, 2013 at 2:17 PM

Delightful news.

11 Sybil December 26, 2013 at 2:48 PM

This is wonderful news, a Christmas wish.

12 yandere lover December 26, 2013 at 3:50 PM

That’s a relief (^~^)

13 Fresh air December 26, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Is the child just alive? Was there any brain damage.

14 mika December 26, 2013 at 7:47 PM

That family truly had a Christmas miracle!

P.s. and why wasn’t there a fence around pool, or alarm? I thought they were required. I had a six foot fence installed around my pool as soon as i bought my house without needing any govt authority telling me to do so.

15 Oh no no engine December 26, 2013 at 8:34 PM

God forbid the engine have a longer response never mind the ambulance that is posted in Clayton. So I would not have mattered if an engine was there or not.

16 MadMom December 26, 2013 at 9:16 PM

Wow! Thanks for the update Mayor. If the timing were different, this could have been a tragic story.
Good job to all involved. Those who work dispatch deserve a lot of credit too. They keep everyone calm and informed in a time of crisis.
So happy the child will be OK

17 @mika December 26, 2013 at 9:24 PM

Good thinking about the fence or alarm. I can’t believe NOBODY has mentioned that yet.

18 @Jim Shoes December 26, 2013 at 9:28 PM

The only way to get that station staffed 24/7 is with more money. Either it needs to come from cuts somewhere else, or we need to pay higher taxes. Since higher taxes were already voted down, it looks like the only option is other cuts. Any suggestions where we should start making them?

19 ANNONeeemoose December 26, 2013 at 9:47 PM

Mika. Sorry no way! So inside your backyard fence you have another back yard 6′ fence? I see fences around pools, but 4′ wrought iron, decorative, or the safety fencing. No not required, your yard must be fenced, but it is not required your pool is seperately fenced.

20 ANNONeeemoose December 26, 2013 at 9:51 PM

For anyone in Concord, here is the code for pool safety. Note you MUST have ONE of the following:

1. The pool shall be isolated from access to a home by an enclosure that meets the requirements of Section 3152B.
2. The pool shall be equipped with an approved safety pool cover.
3. The residence shall be equipped with exit alarms on those doors providing direct access to the pool.
4. All doors providing direct access from the home to the swimming pool shall be equipped with a self-closing, self-latching device with a
release mechanism placed no lower than 54 inches above the floor.
5. Other means of protection, if the degree of protection afforded is equal to or greater than that afforded by any of the devices set forth in
Items 1-4, inclusive, as determined by the building official of the jurisdiction issuing the applicable building permit. Any ordinance
governing child access to pools adopted by a political subdivision on or before January 1, 1997, is presumed to afford protection that is
equal to or greater than that afforded by any of the devices set forth in Items 1-4, inclusive

As I said in another post I had both a fence and safety cover, but I’m really crazed with everyone posting here that this family should’ve had a fence! NOT required. YES, it’s a good idea and I would recommend it. All you Monday morning quarterbackers here can have the real scoop.

21 Get the facts December 26, 2013 at 10:48 PM

We are all thankful this is a good outcome, BUT……the fact remains the engine is only here Monday-Saturday 2:00pm-8:00pm. No Sunday service.
The ambulance is NOT stationed here. As the rest of the county, which includes east, central and west get busy and have calls this unit moves to take calls. It is not a dedicated unit that only runs calls here in Clayton. I challenge you to watch it and time it when you see it sitting near Starbucks, or Ross and see just how long it really stays near, and then leaves to take a call in another area…….I hate to be a naysayer, but I want you to have the facts.

22 Anon December 26, 2013 at 10:51 PM

Thank God for the 911 operator they are the hero’s behind the scene. I am do glad the child is safe.

23 Family Member December 26, 2013 at 11:01 PM

He is back at home after a night in the hospital. He is fine, with no lasting damage. We were very lucky, thank you everyone for the kind words and thoughts for this family, it was an unfortunate accident.

24 Peanut Gallery December 26, 2013 at 11:22 PM

Great outcome! Glad he is home and doing well.
Hug your kids and spouses everyday!!

25 JRConcord December 27, 2013 at 6:37 AM

Vey lucky because with drownings or near drownings there can be worse results than death.

26 @family member: thanks for the update! December 27, 2013 at 6:57 AM

Thank you for the update, family member! I think a lot of us were praying heartfelt prayers for the family, andit is always great to learn the outcome of those prayers! Enjoy the days ahead with relief and joy at having the boy well and back with the family!

27 Missy December 27, 2013 at 7:19 AM

@Family member, that is so good to hear. My husband was one of the dispatchers on duty when 911 was called. He will be so happy to hea the little boy is okay. Its not often that they find out about how calls they take turn out. This was also one of those calls that really got to him. Give the little guy an extra hug from the dispatchers.

28 Family Member December 27, 2013 at 9:41 AM

@Missy – thank you to your husband for the service he provides, and a huge thank you to him for working on Christmas Day and giving up time with his family. This could have had a very different outcome and we are so grateful.

29 Love this community... December 27, 2013 at 2:23 PM

I love that the dispatcher and the family found each other here on Claycord. Really feels like a small town. So glad the little boy is okay.

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