Kids almost lost in four Tampa Bay near-drownings | News
New Port Richey, Florida -- This past weekend was a dangerous one for children across the Tampa Bay area. Crews were called out to four different near-drownings.
In all of the cases, witnesses came to the rescue of those kids until first responders arrived to take over.
Police say Kevin Geddes, 39, was supposed to be looking after a little boy, but he was arrested after investigators say he nearly killed that helpless child.
Geddes faces a charge of child neglect after witnesses say he got drunk and stumbled into a canal behind a house in New Port Richey while holding a one-year old.
People on land offered to pull Geddes out of the water, but he refused.
Dimitri Kalogiannis, a 19-year old who just happened to be in the area, swam across the canal. He was able to get the boy to a nearby relative after demanding that Geddes let him go.
That near-drowning wasn't the only one in the Bay Area this weekend.
In Polk County, sheriff's deputies responded to three different near-drowning incidents.
The first was in Davenport, when a five-year old girl swimming with her family was discovered at the bottom of the pool. Family members performed CPR and were able to revive her.
The second incident happened in Lakeland. A two-year old was found floating in a pool there. That child is now in critical condition.
And the third incident was also in Davenport. A 21-month old wandered into a pool and had to revived by his parents.