3-year-old saved after falling into pool filtration system

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3-Year-Old Saved After Falling Into Pool Filtration System

One trip to the pool turned into a scary situation Saturday when a 3-year-old boy fell into a pool's skimming system in Rancho Santa Margarita, California.

Skimming systems filter debris from pool water. There's usually an access point to the skimmer around the edge of a pool.

The boy got his lower torso wedged in the system, and his family used dish soap to try to help him slide out.

See photos of the rescue:
Little boy stuck in pool filter
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3-year-old saved after falling into pool filtration system
(Photo credit: Orange County Fire Authority)
(Photo credit: ​Orange County Fire Authority)

But that didn't work, so the family called firefighters. The rescue team ended up drilling away the concrete around the child, and after 45 minutes, he was free.

"He was absolutely elated when he finally got out," one firefighter said.

People get stuck in pool filters more often than you'd think. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says 33 people got stuck in pool filtration systems from 2009 to 2013.

Heading to the beach soon? Here are the best way to make sure your family stays safe:
Beach safety 101
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3-year-old saved after falling into pool filtration system
Going to the beach is a fun summer activity, but it can also be dangerous! Click through the slideshow to learn how you and your family can stay safe and have fun at the beach this summer.
Know your swimming abilities, and don't push yourself to swim farther out than you are comfortable with.
Lifeguards are usually on duty from 9 am until 6 pm, so make sure to only swim between those hours.

Be careful of the sea life around you. Most fish are harmless, but steer clear of jellyfish and other aquatic life that can be more unpredictable.

To learn how to treat a jellyfish sting, click here.

Always swim with a buddy, so that if anything happens while you are swimming, there is another person to help you or get a lifeguard if necessary.
Pay attention to areas that have a strong current. There will be signs marking these areas, so consciously look for them before going for a swim.
If you do find yourself caught in a rip current, stay calm and swim parallel to the beach, while conserving as much energy as possible.
Enjoy an alcoholic beverage AFTER you go for a swim. Swimming intoxicated is much more dangerous, as you are less aware of your surroundings and unable to respond quickly to dangerous situations.
Holes in the sand are not uncommon, so you want to be careful when running or playing games on the beach. An accidental slip into a hole can result in a twisted ankle or worse.
It's easy to get dehydrated when you're out in the sun for long periods of time, so be sure to bring water with you and hydrate throughout the day.
Getting a tan is nice, but be sure to apply sunscreen regularly at the beach to avoid bad sunburns and possible skin cancer.

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