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Child in critical condition after near drowning

Early Tuesday afternoon, emergency personnel responded to a two-year-old girl unconscious in a pool at a residence on Rivercrest Road off Road 415 in Coarsegold. The child was found in the water by her mother. The exact time the child was in the water is not known.

A Sierra Ambulance crew stationed in Coarsegold responded to the emergency, as did a SkyLife helicopter. The ambulance crew was able to successfully resuscitate the child, regaining a heart beat and the child’s breathing. She was then transported to the Yosemite Lakes Park Clubhouse to the awaiting helicopter, and immediately flown to Valley Children’s Hospital.

The child was reported in critical condition as of late Tuesday afternoon.

Other summer water activities have resulted in a number of accidents during the past month, including two teen fatalities at Bass Lake. .

On July 1, Kyle Farr, a 14-year-old from Los Gatos, died in a waverunner accident at Bass Lake. This accident came just four days after a 13-year-old Fresno boy was killed and his 16-year-old aunt critically injured in a waverunner accident at the lake, June 27.

According to the Madera County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched on July 1 to the north shore of Bass Lake near The Pines Resort, for reports of a boating accident about 11 p.m. Deputies learned that there was an unresponsive male in the water, and someone yelling for help.

An area resident, who had heard the cries for help, took his boat out into the lake to see if he could assist. He found two males in the water, one of whom was unresponsive and the other trying to provide aid.

The males were loaded onto the boat and were taken to a dock near the resort, where deputies and Sierra Ambulance personnel attempted to revive Farr. Resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

A preliminary investigation revealed that Farr and his 18-year-old friend were riding their waverunners when Farr struck a moored pontoon boat and was ejected into the water.

The Farr family has owned a cabin at Bass Lake for generations, and Farr grew up wake-boarding and skiing there. He just graduated from Fisher Middle School, and planned on attending Bellarmine College Preparatory, where his older brother, Aiden, is a student.

In the June 27 accident, David Flores, 13, of Fresno died after being hit by a waverunner driven by a San Jose man in his 50s. Flores, along with his father, and 16-year-old aunt, Julissa Valenzuela, were riding on an inflatable intertube pulled behind a pontoon boat. Valenzuela suffered a serious head injury, but has since been released from Community Regional Medical Center (CRMC) in Fresno.

Both Bass Lake incidents are under investigation by the Madera County Sheriff's office.

In a separate accident, on July 3 about 4 p.m., a woman in her mid-20s fell into the water from the front of a boat, went under the boat, and was struck by the propeller, causing serious injury to her foot, and other injuries to her back and face. She was airlifted to CRMC. She was recently transferred to a San Francisco hospital for additional medical treatment.

The driver of the boat, Kyle Porter, 26, is a 2007 Yosemite High graduate, serving in the Navy, and is currently stationed at the Naval Air Station Lemoore. A group of friends from the base were visiting Bass Lake to celebrate the July 4 weekend.

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