SURREY, B.C. - In what police are calling an "unimaginable tragedy," a little boy is dead and his grandmother is clinging to life after an accident at a private swimming pool in Surrey, B.C.
It's the second water-related emergency in as many days.
The RCMP say it's believed the 20-month-old child fell into the outdoor pool at an apartment complex Sunday night and his 51-year-old grandmother, who couldn't swim, tried to rescue him.
Other residents at the complex who spotted the two bodies floating in the pool pulled the victims out of the water and started CPR.
The child could not be revived by paramedics. The woman was taken to hospital in critical condition and placed on life support.
Their names have not been released.
The grandmother was babysitting the boy for his parents, who had dropped him off earlier in the day.
"With the summer season now upon us, this unimaginable tragedy is a reminder to the public to always be mindful of young persons’ vulnerability around bodies of water," said Surrey RCMP Sgt. Drew Grainger in a statement.
"It is also a reminder for us as parents or guardians to have an awareness of our own abilities as life-savers."
The RCMP and the BC Coroners Service are investigating the death of the child, but police say no foul play is suspected.
On Monday afternoon, another toddler was pulled from a Surrey, B.C. swimming pool in an unrelated incident.
The B.C. Ambulance Service says an infant response unit was sent to the noon-time call, but neither the person's age or sex has been released.
The child was rushed to hospital in serious condition.
(News 1130, The Canadian Press)