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A 2-year-old girl who died after she was found a backyard pool in La Palma is the second drowning death in Orange County this year, raising concerns of a second straight year of increasing drowning and near-drownings.

The latest drowning happened about 3:30 p.m. Friday in the 8200 block of Del Oro Lane, Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi told City News Service.

The girl was with her family visiting La Palma from out of town, and suddenly she went missing in the house, Concialdi said.

“An older child found her her under water in the backyard swimming pool,” he said. There was no fence around the pool or any alarms.

La Palma Police arrived first and began CPR on the child and Orange County Fire Authority paramedics arrived providing advanced life support all the way to the hospital, Concialdi said.

“Sadly, she passed away at the hospital,” he said.

The girl was the second drowning in the first 23 days of the year, Concialdi said.

There were 41 drownings and 44 near-drownings  in 2014. That surpassed 2013 when there were 37 drownings and 36 near-drownings.

“We get them all year in Orange County due to the abundance of pools, the great weather and the beaches, Concialdi said. “Children are attracted to water. They think water is playtime. They don’t understand the danger.”

That means parents, pool owners and other adults must understand the ABC’s of water safety, he said.

A stands for adult supervision at all times. B is for barriers, including fences around pools and alarms at doors and gates. C is for classes, including CPR for adults and swimming lessons for children and adults, Concialdi said.

— City News Service

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