Rockland County

Two Toddlers Fall Into Filthy New York Pool on Hottest Day of the Year

There was no immediate word on their conditions as of Monday afternoon

Two toddlers, ages 2 and 3, fell into a filthy Rockland County pool on the hottest day of the year Monday — and the homeowner faces serious violations, authorities said.

Someone pulled the girls out of the backyard pool on Sydell Lane in Ramapo just before 12:30 p.m. A family member administered EPR on the girls, who were taken to Westchester Medical Center. The girls were said to be doing well after the potentially tragic ordeal.

It isn't known how they got in the water in the first place, although the gate to the area appeared to be open, according to Ramapo Police Captain Matin Reilly.

The investigation is ongoing, Reilly said.

Video from Chopper 4 showed what appeared to be a backyard pool in significant disrepair, with murky water and floating debris.

Among the violations that were present at the home were the basement illegally being used for bedrooms and people living in the pool cabana, according the town supervisor.

The certificate of occupancy for the house and the pool were both revoked by the building inspector, and the owner will have to go to court.

The town of Ramapo requires private in-ground pools to have a four-foot fence with self-latching locks on the gates. 

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