An 11-month old child fell head first into a backyard pond Tuesday but was pulled out and revived by his grandmother.
Deputy sheriffs say the near-drowning is an example of the dangers that accompany streams, canals and other bodies of water - particularly during spring runoff.The child was in the back yard near 1700 East and 3750 South when the accident occurred. The baby's grandmother was watching him but turned to put some tools away when the child fell into the pond, said Salt Lake County deputy sheriff D.J. Adams.
The child was in a walker and fell head first into the reflection pool. The walker was on top of him and pinned his head underneath the water. Paramedics responded and treated the boy, who was then transported to Primary Children's Medical Center for observation.
Although Tuesday's incident had a happy ending, Salt Lake County Sheriff Aaron Kennard said children left unattended near open water - even for just a few seconds - may be swept away or injured. He urges parents to pay special attention to areas with waterways nearby.
"The swift moving water can turn a family outing into a tragedy," he said.
"Potentially dangerous fast-moving water may be evident in mountain streams in the canyons, and normally dry canals may suddenly be filled to overflowing by melting snow and spring rainfall," he said.
Kennard has directed the Search and Rescue unit to conduct a survey of potentially dangerous areas near waterways in Salt Lake County. "I urge each resident of the county to report broken fences and apparent dangers to our office before a tragedy occurs," he said.
Calls should be placed to the sheriff's dispatch office at 535-5855.