19-year-old in Serious Condition After Suspected Near Drowning


In April 2016, a 19-year-old patron at a YMCA pool was found at the bottom of the 12-foot pool by a friend. A newspaper article about this incident, which has been redacted, is included below.

{Association} officials review Saturday’s near-drowning incident in {town} pool

{TOWN} – Officials at the {association} said Monday they are reviewing an incident Saturday in which a 19-year-old patron nearly drowned in the pool at the {town} facility, {street address}.

“This is the first time something of this nature has happened at our {association}, and we are conducting a full internal review of the situation,“ {association Chief Executive Officer} said in a prepared statement.

“The staff and volunteers of the {association} are keeping the young man and his family in our thoughts and prayers, and we ask the entire community to do the same,” she added.

The statement did not address any specific issues or remedies related to the near drowning.

“The {association} has taught thousands of people to swim and enjoy the water safely over the past 100 years. Making sure all children and adults are safe in the pool is a top priority for our {association},” it said.

First responders were dispatched about 4:30 p.m. on reports that the young man sank to the bottom of the 12-foot-deep end of the pool while swimming with his family, {association} and {town} Police Department statements said. He was swimming with two other people in that end of the pool.

“The three of them had been swimming in the twelve feet deep portion of the pool several times without displaying any trouble or concern for their safety,” {town Police Department’s} statement said.

According to {Police Department’s} statement, one of the young men came out of the water and yelled for help. “The lifeguard on duty immediately dove into the water to retrieve the young man but was unable to bring him to the surface on his own. After a second attempt, the lifeguard instructed the family members to call 911 and to ask {association} staff for help,” the {association’s} statement said.

Assisted by two other individuals and a life hook, the lifeguard was able to pull the victim from the water, the statements said.

“When the victim was pulled from the pool he was not breathing and unresponsive,” {Police Department’s} statement said. “The lifeguard recognized that the young man had a pulse and began CPR,” the {association’s} statement said. {Town} Fire Department paramedics took over the life-saving procedures upon their arrival, {Police Department’s} statement said.

The victim first was transported by ambulance to {Regional Hospital}. He later was transported via helicopter to {Hospital} in {city}.

His condition remained unknown Monday.

The pool was closed on Sunday, according to the {association’s} website.

What We Know:

  • A 19-year-old was swimming with his family in the deep end of the pool and went underwater.
  • The lifeguard was not able to pull the 19-year-old from the bottom of the pool.
  • Bystanders used a life hook to assist in retrieving the individual.

What We Don't Know:

  • What the young men were doing in the water, i.e. horse play, breath holding, just swimming etc.
  • The number of aquatic professionals (lifeguards) on duty.
  • The young men’s swimming ability.

What We Must Remember:

  • Regularly completing aquatic in-service training with various scenarios—including deep water and shallow water rescues—will help keep lifeguard’s vigilant and prepared to rescue swimmers in distress.
  • Full time lifeguards are recommended to complete a minimum of 4 hours of in-service training per month.
  • Before the lifeguard enters the water for a rescue, the Emergency Action Plan should be initiated, such as, sound the alarm, alert 911, etc.
  • Practicing the Emergency Action Plan with all personnel in the facility will prepare staff to know their responsibility during an emergency. This includes front desk staff.


  • Posted July 22, 2016 9:41 AM by Runner1437

    I am a lifeguard and theses are definitely the steps to to retrieve a unresponsive drowned victim from the bottom of the pool. There is a a good EAP in place

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