Local mom works to keep kids safe by sharing story, educating parents on pool dangers

LAS VEGAS NOW - A local mother who lost her son when he drowned in a pool is working hard to keep other valley kids safe.  Cierra Sonetti advice follows last night's death of a 14-year old Las Vegas boy.

According to authorities, the teen died after being pulled from a pool at his family's home near Valley View and Alta Drive.
 
"I hear about a drowning, and I remember Austin," Sonetti said.

It's been more than 12 years since Sonetti's son Austin, died after he was pulled from a home pool during a family gathering.

"I trusted this person, and they got busy talking with another adult and Austin slipped away and underneath the pool cover,"
said Sonetti.

Austin was just 18-months at the time of the accident.  He died nine years later after suffering severe brain damage and recurrent pneumonia.

Sonetti said hearing about the latest incident in which Edson Flores lost his life, is a painful reminder of what happened to her son.

Edson's death is the first reported drowning death in Clark County this year.
  
His friend Gerald told 8 News NOW what he saw during the aftermath.

"I saw the fire department first, then the cops," Gerald said.
"Then the ambulance. Then I saw his family kind of sad and panicked."

Doctor Harry Zilberman at Sunrise Hospital says barriers, floating devices and swimming lessons for kids are important ways to save young lives, but adult supervision is the most crucial part of preventing drownings.

"Even if your child knows how to swim parents need to be constantly vigilant," said Dr. Zilberman.  "Older teenagers and adults should also swim with a buddy and never swim alone."

Dr. Zilberman also urges parents to put their phones away when they're at the pool because it could be a big distraction and lead to tragedy in a matter of seconds.

Often during a drowning, a victim is unable to scream for help or make noise to get the rescuers' attention.  It's one of the reasons Sonetti says she now spends her life urging parents to stay alert when children are in and around the pool.

"It happens so easily, so fast, so quietly," she said.
   
The family of Edson has set up a GoFundMe account to help pay for the teen's funeral arrangements.  According to the site, Edson was trying to clean the pool before his parents got home, but he fell onto the pool cover and drowned.
   


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