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A 15-year-old’s drowning death in Garden Grove brings to the total number of drowning deaths to 30 in Orange County so far this year. Photo credit: Wiki Commons
A 15-year-old’s drowning death in Garden Grove brings to the total number of drowning deaths to 30 in Orange County so far this year. Photo credit: Wiki Commons

A 15-year-old boy drowned Saturday night during a pool party at a Garden Grove home, a fire captain said.

Paramedics were called to the 11500 block of Desmond Street at about 8:30 p.m., said Garden Grove Fire Department Capt. Thanh Nguyen.

“He was pulled out in cardiac arrest,” Nguyen said.

Paramedics began treating the teen and transported him to Garden Grove Hospital where he was pronounced dead, the captain said.

The drowning is under investigation by Garden Grove police, Nguyen said. “We’re pretty curious about it because there were a lot of people there.”

It was at least the fifth drowning incident in Orange County this weekend, three of which turned out to be fatal.

Earlier Saturday night, a 3-year-old girl was hospitalized after being pulled from the bottom of a spa at an Irvine town home complex, authorities said.

The girl’s father was barbecuing by the community pool in the 3300 block of Esperanza about 6:30 p.m. when his daughter somehow got into the spa, said Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi.

The girl didn’t know how to swim and was found at the bottom of the spa by a bystander who pulled her out, Concialdi said, adding that the girl was not breathing.

There were two fatalities Friday. A 53-year-old man drowned in a condo complex pool in Irvine and a 57-year-old woman drowned in a hotel swimming pool at 3205 Harbor Blvd. in Costa Mesa.

Also on Friday, bystanders rescued a 2-year-old boy who was found under water in the pool of a Red Roof Inn in Santa Ana, Concialdi said. The boy was in serious condition when he was rushed to a hospital, the captain said.

The death in Garden Grove tonight brings to 30 the number of drowning deaths in Orange County this year, according to Concialdi. Altogether there have been 68 drowning and near-drowning calls since Jan. 1, Concialdi said. Of the 38 survivors, some have brain damage and other irreparable injuries.

— City News Service

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