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Girl, 3, nearly drowns in Fort Worth pool

A Fort Worth family may have escaped holiday tragedy Saturday in the near-drowning of a 3-year-old girl.

Firefighters responded to a reported drowning at just before 6 p.m. in the 7700 block of Summerbrook Circle in far north Fort Worth. On arrival, firefighters learned that after family members noticed that the child was missing, a relative checked the backyard pool and spotted the child. It is believed that she was in the pool for only a very short period before being removed, firefighters said in a news release.

Firefighters described the incident as a “near-drowning.” MedStar transported the child, who was conscious, to Cook Children’s Medical Center for further evaluation and treatment.

In what is becoming a summer of drownings and near-drownings in North Texas, one child died and another was injured Friday in separate swimming pool-related incidents.

A 6-year-old girl, Wavery Williams, was pronounced dead at 7:20 a.m. Friday at Cook Children’s, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office. Williams was pulled from a pool Wednesday night at Cobb Park Apartments, 2450 E. Berry St. in east Fort Worth.

Also Friday, a 15-year-old Cleburne teenager was hospitalized after being pulled from a pool after a seizure suffered while swimming Thursday night. An update on the teen’s condition wasn’t immediately available Friday afternoon.

“It is becoming a community crisis,” said Fort Worth fire spokesman Gregg Russell, who is among the many public safety officials raising concerns about water safety after a wave of drownings has gripped the region. “Even if children are good swimmers, anything can happen in the water.”

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— Patrick M. Walker