Toddler drowns in backyard pool

Published on Wed, Aug 5, 2009 by Jack Kintner

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Ava Bock, an 18-month-old girl drowned Tuesday morning at her Boundary Court home in Blaine after climbing into the family swimming pool. She was found unconscious approximately ten minutes later by a family member.
The pool is four feet high and ten feet in diameter, said Lisa Moeller, public information officer for the Blaine police department. It has a small ladder on the side.

A 911 call was placed at 10:37 a.m. An agent from the Blaine sector of the U.S. Border Patrol was first on the scene. “He was patrolling the area and responded,” said border patrol spokesperson Michael Bermudez, adding “Blaine piggybacks off our communications center.”

The agent, whose name was not released, took over CPR from a family member who had been receiving instructions from the 911 operator.

Blaine police officers Andy Anorbes, Jay Punches and Sgt. Ryan King arrived next. CPR was continued until paramedics arrived from North Whatcom Fire and Rescue. “We continued CPR and headed south on I-5 to meet the Whatcom Medic Three unit coming north to save time.” said NWFR Chief Tom Fields. The two aid cars met at the Grandview Road interchange.

The victim was taken to St. Joseph Hospital in Bellingham  after the initial 911 call but was pronounced dead about an hour later, Moeller said, after attempts to revive her failed.