‘Absolute tragedy’ in Ajax, Ont. after 3-year-old girl dies in backyard pool

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WATCH: A family in Ajax is devastated after police say their 3-year-old girl drowned in a neighbouring pool. Police were called to the home near Rossland Road and Harwood Ave Tuesday evening. As Frazer Snowdon finds out, it's a stark reminder of how dangerous pools can be. – May 24, 2023

A drowning incident in Ajax, Ont., on Tuesday evening resulted in the death of a three-year-old child, officials say.

Durham Regional Police said a drowning call came on Tuesday evening in the area of Rossland Road West and Harwood Avenue.

A three-year-old girl was pronounced dead at hospital, a tweet from police said.

“At this time we are requesting privacy for the family. Our thoughts are with the family and all emergency personnel,” Durham police said.

In an update on Wednesday, police said the little girl was pulled from a backyard pool without vital signs.

The incident is a tragic reminder of the importance of water safety, one advocate said.

Stephanie Bakalar of the Life Saving Society of Ontario told Global News backyard pool deaths account for one-third of water deaths suffered by toddlers.

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“This is an absolute tragedy, and our hearts go out to the families,” Bakalar said. “As a community, we need to work together to make sure water safety is top of mind.”

— with files from Global News’ Frazer Snowdon 

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