BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - It's an unfortunate reminder to guard swimming pools from young children. A 2-year-old Buffalo boy is in critical condition after he fell into a covered pool.
A relative of the little boy, whose name is not being released, says the child is in a coma at Children's Hospital. Two boys had somehow managed to make their way into a covered pool.
The blue solar cover is now bunched-up at the above-ground pool on 16th Street, where neighbors saw two young boys, one who had slid under the pool cover, rushed away by rescuers on Easter Sunday.
Tina Bailey said, "By the time I got to the window, there's a lot of commotion going across the street. From upstairs I could see them trying to bring him back."
The accident brings to mind another incident. It happened on what would have been the seventh birthday of a little Amherst girl, Alexis Scalzi, who lost her life in 2007 when she wondered into the family's in-ground pool. She was 2-years-old.
Alexis' father, Mike Scalzi, said, "It's terrible. It's the worst nightmare of any parent to go through, and we wish it would never happen."
Mike and his family formed a foundation called "Lexi's Legacy" and had more than a half-million dollars worth of pool alarms donated by Smart Pools. Thousands were initially given away. Gary Pools helped with distribution.
New York State has a law on the books requiring that all new pools be equipped with a motion sensitive alarm. Todd Schupbach, General Manager of Gary Pools, showed how little turbulance it takes to set off the alarm.
"The pool alarm is designed to be activated by a child slipping into the water, weighing 15 pounds or more, and it's activated by the water movement of the waves under water," explained Schupbach.
An in-house monitor sounds the alarm as far as a hundred feet away from the pool. Mike says parents must always be vigilant.
Mike said, "Don't take your eyes off your children. This takes 60 seconds for this to happen. I can't stress enough."
The Scalzi's say more than 4,000 swimming pool alarms have been distributed from here to Alaska as part of Lexi's Legacy. The Buffalo boy involved in Sunday's accident remains in critical condition.
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