BREAKING NEWS: Girl, 13, in critical condition after found in backyard pool

LADERA RANCH – A 13-year-old girl is in critical condition Saturday after she was found in the bottom of a pool at her relative’s house, according to the Orange County Fire Authority.

The incident happened around 6 p.m. at a house on Harlequin Street near Tranquility Place. The girl’s family were looking for her and found her fully clothed at the bottom of a backyard pool, which didn’t have a isolation fence around it, OCFA Capt. Steve Concialdi said.

They pulled her out of water and discovered she wasn’t breathing and didn’t have any pulse, Concialdi said. Orange County sheriff’s deputies responded to the house and began CPR before paramedics arrived and took over.

Paramedics were able to get her blood pressure and pulse back by the time the girl arrived at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, Concialdi said. However, she’s still in critical condition.

The girl lives outside Orange County and was visiting her relative, Concialdi said.

He said nobody, even adults, should be in or around a pool alone. Pools should have isolation fencing around them, he added.

This was the 107th drowning call, 38 of which have been fatal, in Orange County this year, Concialdi said.

Contact the writer: 949-445-6397 or tshimura@ocregister.com

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