(Young Boy Rescued After Nearly Drowning in Local Athletic Club Pool)
At 1:55 p.m., Firefighter Medics were called to a reported drowning at a Tualatin athletic club. Crews arrived to find a lifeguard performing CPR on a young boy who was unconscious and not breathing. Advance life-saving treatment was administered and the boy became responsive and was crying while on the way to the hospital.
The boy was swimming when he went under water and a complement of professionals, members, and guests responded quickly to pull him from the water and begin CPR.
Metro West’s Medics also responded and transported the boy to Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center; he eventually was transferred to Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emmanuel. As of the last report on Monday at 1:00 p.m., the boy was in fair condition.
Drowning is the second leading cause of injury-related death among children ages 14 and under and accounts for one-fourth of all deaths of children aged one through four. Over the last five years, TV&R has responded to 13 emergency calls related to drowning or near drowning.
Eliminate the hazards that you can and minimize the rest:
• Children should learn to swim. Enroll them in swimming lessons taught by qualified instructors when they are ready, usually after age four. If you don't know how to swim, sign up with your kids!
• Swimming alone is dangerous: always swim with a buddy or under supervision.
• Empty all buckets, containers, and wading pools immediately after use. Store them upside-down and out of children's reach.
• Adults and children over age 13 should learn infant and child CPR.
For additional safety tips, visit www.tvfr.com.