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This is one seriously scary story. Over the July 4th weekend, The Real Housewives of Orange County star Alexis Bellino and her husband narrowly averted a tragedy when her two daughters fell into a swimming pool while in their stroller.
TMZ.com reported that Bellino, 32, and her husband, Jim Bellino, were spending the holiday at a club in Newport Beach, California, when a stroller carrying their daughters, Melania and MacKenna, rolled into the pool.
A source reportedly on the scene has been quoted as saying that the couple were away "doing something." And multiple witnesses told TMZ that a lifeguard pulled the stroller out of the water (one of the girls still in it), while Jim jumped in to grab the other girl. However, Jim gave TMZ a different story all together: "There was no lifeguard needed or involved." Neither of the girls needed medical attention and are doing fine.
In the aftermath of the frightening incident, Alexis posted a statement on her official blog, saying, "I am choosing to comment on the July 4th story that is being told because it is inaccurate and has been spun out of control by the media....On Sunday, July 4th, my family was leaving the Balboa Bay Club swimming pool in the late afternoon. As we were leaving, I turned to say goodbye. Our girls were in their stroller and I thought I had put the brake on, but apparently I didn't. My husband, Jim, and I were both standing close to the stroller. Within seconds, the stroller had rolled towards the pool and a stroller wheel rolled off the edge of the pool. Before either of us could grab the stroller, a second wheel rolled off the edge, and the stroller went into the pool. Of course, Jim instantly went into the pool. He grabbed of the girls himself and lifted both of them out of the water. Because the girls were not strapped into the stroller, and Jim was right there, their heads did not even go under water."
She adds that "we are not making light of this incident, and have been reminded to never take our eyes off the children for even a second when near water...." We are relieved to hear such excellent advice after such a scary incident!
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