FORT WORTH, Texas - One boy has died and another is hospitalized after being pulled from two different Fort Worth apartment pools.
The first boy, identified as 9-year-old Willie Glasper of Vidalia, La., was found under water Sunday night at the Bridge Hollow Apartments in east Fort Worth.
Firefighters said someone was performing CPR on the boy when they arrived, but were unable to save him. He was pronounced dead at Cook Children’s Hospital.
It’s not known how long Glasper had been in the swimming pool, but 30 to 40 people were by the pool. It’s unclear if someone was watching him.
“Kids drown silently and they drown quickly,” said Fort Worth Fire Department Lt. Kyle Falkner. “In as little as two seconds, a child can drown.”
Around the same time, the Fort Worth Fire Department got another call about a drowning involving a 3-year-old boy.
He was found unresponsive in a hot tub at the Villas of Oak Hill Apartments in southwest Fort Worth. A nurse who happened to be nearby performed CPR before he was also taken to Cook Children’s Hospital. His condition has not been released.
It's unclear how the child ended up in the hot tub or who pulled him out, but firefighters said there was a large crowd at this location as well.
First responders posted signs at shared and public pools in hopes of driving the message home that parents should seriously consider a coast guard-approved life vest for their child, and there should always be at least one supervising.
“It's a time when you need to put down yourself a hold of conversations with other adults, all of your attention needs to be directed at watching those children in the water to keep them safe,” Falkner said.
A 35-year-old Duncanville man also drowned in Lake Lewisville over the weekend. Alfredo Alejandro was swimming off the back deck of a party barge when he went under and did not resurface. His body was found Sunday afternoon.
MedStar EMS reminded everyone to be vigilant while swimming this summer.
"Folks - 2 Pediatric drowning responses in 2 hours! Please be careful and watch children! #2secondsistoolong,” the company said on Twitter.