But he is alive thanks to the quick action of a man who was nearby, grilling with his fiancee.
He's a high school coach who was about to make the play of his life, by saving a life.
As an assistant coach for the Saguaro High School Football Team, Dustin King does a lot of preparing, but it was preparation of a different kind that has him in the news.
"We heard someone scream drown, oh my god he's dead, he's dead," said Dustin King.
A 6-year-old boy had just been pulled from the pool at an apartment complex near Ray Road & Loop 202 in Gilbert.
"I just came running over, and saw the mother and cousin holding the little boy and dropped him on the ground... I cleared his mouth out, started chest compressions until I got his heart going again, and then that happened I did mouth to mouth breathing again," he said.
That is where that preparation paid off.
"The CPR thing I learned in 2004, it's been that long," said King.
The football coach was used to sending his student athletes into action, was ready to jump into action of his own.
"I don't know, I've always been the guy that if someone is in need I'm willing to help out, and the good thing is this time it saved a life," he said.