Officials say two toddlers nearly drowned in Clearwater over the weekend.
On Saturday, a 1-year-old boy was found facedown in a 55-gallon drum of water, investigators say. The incident happened sometime after 6 p.m. Saturday at a home located in the 2500 block of Highland Acres Drive.
According to investigators, Anthony Petroski was with his father, Alexander Petroski, in the backyard of the home. Anthony wandered off while his father was working in the backyard. When Petroski noticed Anthony was gone, he went to look for him.
Petroski found Anthony face-down in the water, and so he pulled his son from the water and performed CPR until paramedics arrived.
Dunedin Fire Rescue said Anthony had a pulse and was breathing when they arrived. He was taken to Mease Countryside Hospital for life-threatening injuries.
Investigators say the drum of water was partially buried in the ground and being used as a tilapia farm.
Second toddler found in Clearwater pool
Police say a 2-year-old boy was found in a backyard pool Sunday morning.
The incident happened at 10:30 a.m. at a house in the 2000 block of Buford Boulevard.
According to police, family members pulled Jason Faulkner from the pool and administered CPR until Clearwater Fire & Rescue crews arrived. The firefighters were able to regain a heartbeat before taking him to Mease Countryside Hospital.
Jason was later flown to Tampa General Hospital in critical condition.
Officials say several people were at the house at the time of the incident, and that they think he was in the pool for less than five minutes.