Parents react after 4-year-old girl nearly drowns in Derby pool

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DERBY, Kan. (KAKE) -

A 4-year-old girl is in the hospital after nearly drowning at a community pool in Derby.

The accident happened late Friday morning near Madison and Woodlawn. Some parents in the area say this is a reminder that anything can happen in the blink of an eye.

Rachel Plunkett lives nearby and says she heard the sirens. 

"Very scary. It's something that always worries a parent when you take your kids to the pool," she said.

Police say several families, including children, were swimming when someone saw a 4-year-old girl floating on top of the water. 

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An adult got her out of the water and performed CPR. Several minutes later an ambulance arrived and took the child to the hospital. Police say before arriving to the hospital, her eyes were open and she was awake.

Community pools like these don't normally have lifeguards and rely on parents and adults to look out for young swimmers. 

It's still unclear if the child was being looked after by an adult. 

"I always keep it in the back of my mind that something like that can happen, even if I'm taking my child to the bathroom real quick and my other one's swimming; I always make sure, 'Hey, get out of the pool,' ya know, because things like that can happen within seconds," said Plunkett.