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Baby rescued in near drowning at Canyon Country pool

Posted: August 22, 2016 5:46 p.m.
Updated: August 22, 2016 5:46 p.m.
Deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station block intersections along McBean Parkway Monday to allow paramedics clear access to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital as they transport a baby feared drowned. Photo by Austin Dave. Deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station block intersections along McBean Parkway Monday to allow paramedics clear access to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital as they transport a baby feared drowned. Photo by Austin Dave.
Deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station block intersections along McBean Parkway Monday to allow paramedics clear access to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital as they transport a baby feared drowned. Photo by Austin Dave.
Deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station block intersections along McBean Parkway Monday to allow paramedics clear access to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital as they transport a baby feared drowned. Photo by Austin Dave Deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station block intersections along McBean Parkway Monday to allow paramedics clear access to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital as they transport a baby feared drowned. Photo by Austin Dave
Deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station block intersections along McBean Parkway Monday to allow paramedics clear access to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital as they transport a baby feared drowned. Photo by Austin Dave
Deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station block intersections along McBean Parkway Monday to allow paramedics clear access to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital as they transport a baby feared drowned. Photo by Austin Dave Deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station block intersections along McBean Parkway Monday to allow paramedics clear access to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital as they transport a baby feared drowned. Photo by Austin Dave
Deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station block intersections along McBean Parkway Monday to allow paramedics clear access to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital as they transport a baby feared drowned. Photo by Austin Dave
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A baby feared drowned in a backyard pool in Canyon Country was rushed to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital late Monday afternoon, emergency response officials said.

Paramedics were dispatched at 5 p.m. to a home on Fairweather Street, between Camp Plenty Road and Glasser Avenue, for reports of a baby suspected of drowning in a backyard pool, Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Cheryl Sims said Monday.

“The baby was supposed to be airlifted by rescue helicopter number 16,” she said.

Paramedics first wanted to airlift the baby from Sierra Vista Park but, instead, opted for rushing the baby by ambulance along city streets.



With the help of Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies, major intersections were shut down along Soledad Canyon Road from Camp Plenty to the hospital to allow for unhampered access by paramedics.

The paramedics made it to McBean Parkway and Del Monte Drive at 5:27 p.m. and to Avenida Navarre on McBean a minute later.

Plans to airlift the baby from Sierra Vista Park were complicated by the fact that it was occupied by soccer and football players, according to paramedics trying to coordinate rescue efforts with their dispatcher.

One witness to the coordinated rescue efforts by deputies to control traffic during rush hour said: “It’s nice to know they go to that big an effort for a baby.

“It was on the level of a bank robbery response,” the man said, about the response by emergency crews.

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