Girl Drowns, Brothers in ICU After Irving Pool Incident

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IRVING, TX -- The pool was closed Thursday at the Oaks Villas Apartments in Irving. A makeshift memorial stands next to the fence where three kids -- ages 9, 10 and 11 -- had to be pulled from the bottom of a dirty pool Wednesday.

Their mother was there watching her two youngest children. But when her three older kids went underwater and didn't come back up, she couldn't save them because she apparently didn't know how to swim.

She screamed fo help.

Rescuers got the two brothers out, but the water was so murky, cops say it took longer to find their sister.

10-year-old August Smith couldn't be revived. Her brothers are both reportedly on life support at Children's Medical Center.

Irving PD is investigating the incident as an accident but say the youngest kids -- just 3 and 6 -- are currently with Child Protective Services.

It's a tragic story and folks like the Fort Worth Drowning Prevention Coalition want to keep it from happening again.

"Parents are responsible for children when they bring them to the pool,"  said Pam Cannell, founder of Fort Worth Drowning Prevention Coalition. "You have to keep an eye on your kids at all times when you are around water."

Watching is more important than folks realize, and listening won't prevent your kid from drowning.

"Drowning is silent. If the body's taking in water, it is protecting the lungs, therefore you can not yell out," Cannell explained.

Remember folks, whether it's a flooded street or a pool in your backyard, water can be deadly.


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