Two children die in separate Santa Clara drownings

One child died, one is in critical condition and one has been discharged after Santa Clara Valley Medical Center received three separate possible drowning cases on Saturday, county health officials said.

The Santa Clara County medical examiner’s office identified the child who died as 2-year-old Audrey Sorrentino of Morgan Hill.

Another child died at the hospital on May 17, identified as Dominic Corpuz of Milpitas.

County health officials said he was one of five children brought to the hospital between May 10 and June 9 due to possible drowning incidents.

At least 163 children younger than 15 died last year in the U.S. after drowning in swimming pools or spas, according to the USA Swimming Foundation.

County health officials say children between the age of 1 and 4 have the highest drowning rates, and the deaths most often happen in home swimming pools.

To prevent such accidents, health officials recommend fencing off pools and spas, designating “water watchers” when children are swimming, and learning how to perform CPR.

More safety tips can be found online at cdc.gov/features/healthyswimming and www.poolsafely.gov.