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Drownings And Near Drownings Reported Amid Southern California Summer Heat

Venice Breakwater.
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Updated after the jump at 12:15 p.m. with an additional death reported.

A fisherman died as he was fishing on the rock pile known as the Venice Breakwater over the weekend, reportedly as he bent down to wash his hands in the ocean. He fell in and people flagged down police about 11 p.m. Saturday, according to Fox 11 News and other reports. His body was recovered and he could not be revived.

It was one of several water accidents as temperatures inland continued to hover near or above the triple-digit mark.

On Sunday afternoon a 3-year-old girl survived a near drowning in Chatsworth after a family member pulled her out and performed CPR. Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said the girl's mother turned her back for just a moment to answer the phone when the accident happened.

The girl was expected to be okay.

In nearby Granada Hills an infant boy was pulled from a pool shortly after 5 p.m. Sunday and was taken to a hospital in "fair condition," Humphrey said.

In Pacific Palisades a 7-year-old did not appear to be so lucky. She was declared dead late Sunday after she was taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in grave condition. The girl was pulled from a pool about 2:30 p.m. Sunday. She was fully clothed, unconscious, and unreceptive following attempts to revive her, Humphrey said.

A man was pulled from an apartment pool in Tujunga about 12:34 p.m. Sunday was said to be in grave condition, Humphrey said. "... He remained pulseless and unresponsive'' after CPR was performed, he said.

And on Sunday night in Northridge an 80-year-old woman was taken out of a backyard pool by a neighbor shortly after 7 p.m. She was taken to a hospital in grave condition. Update: She was reported on Monday to have died. Paramedics "administered CPR but she still had no pulse and was non- responsive when she was transported, Humphrey said.

-With reporting from City News Service. Got news? Email us.


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