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Officials: City pool safe
WCN CorrespondentJuly 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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