Child air lifted, in critical condition after nearly drowning

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NORTHPORT, Ala. (WIAT) — A child is in critical condition after accidentally nearly drowning in a pool.

The Northport Fire Chief says the four-year-old girl was taken to DCH and will be air lifted to Children’s Hospital.

Northport Fire later posted to their Facebook page:

Northport Fire Rescue responded to the possible drowning of a 4 year old child today. With this being said…

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Pool Safely Step 1: Supervision

Always watch children when they’re in or near water, and never leave them unattended. Designate an official Water Watcher, an adult tasked with supervising children in the water. That should be their only task – they shouldn’t be reading, texting or playing games on their phone. Have a phone close by at all times in case you need to call for help, and if a child is missing, check the pool first.

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Swimming is not only fun, it’s a lifesaving skill. Enroll children in swimming lessons.

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