5-year-old hailed as hero in rescue of girl from Irvine hot tub

IRVINE – IRVINE – A 5-year-old boy is being hailed as a hero for saving a 2-year-old girl who was found Sunday at the bottom of an Irvine apartment complex hot tub.

“It’s great to see a 5-year-old react to a situation, realizing that someone is in trouble and immediately coming to their aid,” Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Larry Kurtz said Monday.

The two children were sitting near the hot tub at 5:45 p.m. at a building in the 1000 block of Crested Bird, when an adult who was monitoring them turned away and the girl fell into the water, losing consciousness, OCFA Capt. Stephen Horner said.

She was underwater for less than a minute when the 5-year-old pulled her out, Horner said.

The name of the girl, who is from Los Angeles, was not released. She was initially treated at Hoag Hospital but was transferred to and discharged from Children’s Hospital of…

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