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WCN Correspondent
July 3, 2012 | 2,580 views | 12 comments

FLORESVILLE -- The life of a young girl was saved June 26 here, thanks to the quick action of the lifeguards at the Floresville City Pool.

Lt. Jesse Evins of the Floresville Police Department said his department received a call at about 4 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, stating a child was unresponsive after being pulled from the water by lifeguards.

“The lifeguards observed the juvenile to be unresponsive,” Evins said. “They pulled her from the water and began cardiopulmonary resuscitation. At that point, she became responsive and began coughing up water.”

She was transported by EMS to Connally Memorial Medical Center, he said.

Evins said the girl was at the pool with her family at the time of the incident.

“Thanks to the quick thinking of the lifeguards, we are dealing with a near-drowning and not a drowning,” Evins said. “We are going to continue to investigate the incident in the proper way, but at this time, the juvenile seems responsive in a positive way and has been taken to the hospital.”

The child was released after an overnight stay, pool officials said.

Questions about safety have been filtering through the community since the event.

Both Carolyn Leal-Palacios, marketing director for the Floresville Event Center and acting parks director, and Pool Supervisor Lisa Witten-Southern have stated the pool is safe for the public and lifeguards are vigilant.

“We have a system we follow for the amount of people in the pool to lifeguards watching,” Witten-Southern said. “For 30 or less, it’s one lifeguard; another comes on from 30 to 75, and anything higher than 75, we will have three lifeguards. At the time of the incident, there were two lifeguards watching the swimmers, as we had about 60-something people in the water. There will always be more lifeguards here, but if they are not in the stand, then they are checking the bathrooms or chemicals and doing other duties, like collecting money.”

Witten-Southern said she is always on the safe side about putting another lifeguard on duty, though she was not present at the time of the incident.

“If I feel like we are getting close to the next level, we send someone to do a count,” Witten-Southern said. “I am confident that our pool is safe.”

Leal-Palacios and Witten-Southern would not comment about the details of the near-drowning.

“The family wouldn’t want us to,” Witten-Southern said. “So out of respect for the family, we aren’t going to go into detail regarding the incident. What we can say is that one of our lifeguards, Mike Bolf, performed abdominal compressions on the girl while a patron helped out by giving breaths. Sometimes, if patrons are there and they are helping, we just let them help.”

Leal-Palacios said she is proud of the work of the staff during the incident.

“I am grateful for the training the lifeguards have,” Leal-Palacios said. “Their quick thinking led to the girl being kept only overnight and then released from the hospital.”

“Our guards will be going for their midsummer training, which is standard, here very soon,” Witten-Southern said. “In addition to that, they undergo physical training and practice an emergency action plan to be prepared for emergencies. They are prepared.”

The Floresville City Pool remains open. Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1-8 p.m. Sunday. Private parties may be scheduled after 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and on Mondays after 4 p.m. For more information, call 830-393-3108.
 

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POFPO  
Floresville  
July 10, 2012 7:25pm
 
I have no commented lately, but feel the need to do so now. It's bad enough for all the cover ups in City Hall, but this is shamefull. For Joslin to instruct the Lifeguard not to comment, why? I'll tell you why. Joslin thinks ... More ›

 
Mr. Tibbs  
Floresville  
July 10, 2012 12:04pm
 
Based on the comments here about the conditions of the city pool, i would say we are more than ready to manage an expensive system of new ball fields and the accompanying facilities !!!!

 
Turbo  
Wilson County  
July 10, 2012 9:43am
 
Im not going to comment on the facts surrounding this incident, but if first impressions are any indication, When you walk into this pool, and look around at the way it looks, you can tell that it is managed on a shoestring budget. ... More ›

 
TigerLily  
Floresville  
July 10, 2012 4:48am
 
First of all, we all hope the little girl is doing much better. Second, I know from a reliable source that the lifeguards were told not to say anything. Third, this was probably an accident waiting to happen. Sorry, but it ... More ›

 
txeagle  
Floresville  
July 9, 2012 9:10pm
 
Hello this is the txeagle,(the floresville, Defender). Who saved the little girls life was a friend of the little girls Mom. What the Wilson County news and the City Manager and Ms. Palacios, were all very mistaken. Ms. Palacios, ... More ›

 
JG  
Floresville  
July 9, 2012 9:06pm
 
Glad I don't have to rely on them to be "viligant" Tyra. I'm not the grammar police, but it sure is funny to watch someone accuse others of not being able to spell in the same breath they misspell a $2 word. Makes ... More ›

 
Tyra  
FloTown  
July 9, 2012 11:21am
 
Are you kidding me? The city cannot even run its own accounting system (much less know how to spell it) and we are relying on them to know how many lifeguards there are suppose to be at a pool at a given time. People need to ... More ›

 
newguyntown  
floresville  
July 7, 2012 10:11am
 
Obviously the city is worried due to liability concerns, reading the article though, what is the recognized standrd when it comes to lifeguards per person per pool size according to the industry norms. Does the Floresville policy ... More ›

 
txeagle  
Floresville  
July 7, 2012 10:00am
 
Hello this is the txeagle,(the floresville, Defender) been investigating the case that happen on the 26th of June 2012, that happen in the Floresville public swimming pool. I went to the swimming pool to ask some questions. Mike ... More ›

 
Airborne Trooper  
wilson cty  
July 6, 2012 8:24am
 
I am very grateful the little girl was saved and she is ok, but it does sound like the city needs to look into the safety at the pool. We as a whole sometimes get a little laxed when performing our jobs. I hope this is a wake ... More ›

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