Midwest Town - 6/16/07: A supervisor at [name] Resort told a lifeguard twice not to enter a pool to help a boy seen face-down in the water, according to a police report on the boy's drowning that was released this week.
The report showed the supervisor instead had the lifeguard get someone swimming nearby to check on the child. When the boy was unresponsive, the patron brought him to the side of the pool and lifeguards tried to resuscitate the child.
[Town] Police Chief [name] said he didn't expect charges to be filed against the resort in the case of [victim], 4, of [town, State], who died about 8 p.m. on June 8. “We're not suspecting any foul play or anything. It was obviously an accident,” [Police Chief] said.
[Name], a spokesman for [name] Resort, said there were four lifeguards on duty. A full staff includes at least three on-duty lifeguards.
[Resort spokesman] said the lifeguards enter the water daily when they feel someone is in danger. “It's a subjective call on the lifeguard's part, but we'd rather be proactive,” he said.
But the report said a lifeguard saw the boy face-down and asked a nearby supervisor twice if she should go in to retrieve the child. The supervisor told her to have a nearby swimmer check.
The supervisor told police “guests get angry when lifeguards enter the pool for non-emergency situations,” the report said. It also quoted the supervisor as saying he thought at first that the child was playing.
“We feel on our part our guards did the best they could with the situation,” [Resort spokesperson] said. “Obviously, at the time, it didn't seem like trouble.”
Ambulance personnel arrived shortly after the boy was pulled from the pool and took over the efforts to revive him. He was pronounced dead after being taken to [name] Hospital.
[Name], communications director for the state Department of Health and Family Services, said her department's initial findings indicate the pool met or exceeded requirements for the number of lifeguards, and those on duty had undergone the required training.
[Resort spokesman] said the resort has made life jackets more readily available since the drowning. They had been stored in one spot but now hang on walls around the park.
“We purchased additional life jackets for all our water parks,” [Resort spokesman] said.
The boy's parents, [name], were at the park with their son last week. They chose not to comment.
“We're heartbroken by the incident,” [Resort spokesman] said. “Our sympathies and hearts go out to them.”
Southeast City - 6/19/07: Lifeguards saved a 17-year-old girl from drowning in a pool Saturday afternoon at [name] amusement park.
The girl was pulled from the main pool at the park by park lifeguards, said spokeswoman [name].
The lifeguards performed CPR on the girl, whose name was not released, and [City] Fire Rescue took her to [name] Hospital.
“They were doing their job, and they did their job quickly and responded,” [spokeswomen] said.
It's unclear what happened, but the girl's family said she has a history of seizures, [spokeswomen] said.
The pool, which slopes from 4 to 10 feet, features a cliff jumping area.
Please call us at 800-463-8546 to discuss this or any other risk management safety tip, or visit our web site at www.redwoodsgroup.com to learn more about YMCA risk management issues.