ST. GEORGE — Thanks to the efforts of a retired sheriff’s deputy and a police officer, a 13-year-old who was pulled from a pool unconscious and not breathing was resuscitated and transported to the hospital in stable condition Friday.
Shortly before 5 p.m., 911 received a call reporting that a juvenile was pulled from the bottom of a swimming pool at a residence in the Santa Clara Heights area and was reportedly not breathing, Santa Clara-Ivins Police Sgt. Reed Briggs told St. George News.
Emergency personnel were dispatched while a newly-retired Washington County Sheriff’s deputy, and neighbor to the family, ran next-door after hearing a commotion and cries for help coming from the pool area of the yard.
Briggs said both parents were outside near the pool when the incident occurred, while their son, who has special needs, was diving for rings underwater. And at some point, the boy “just didn’t come back up.”
The deputy arrived to find the boy lying unresponsive near the pool. He quickly realized what had happened and immediately started CPR on the youth, who was estimated to be submerged underwater for less than two minutes, Briggs said.
Meanwhile, Santa Clara-Ivins Police Sgt. Nick Hallman, who is cross-trained and a certified EMT, was first to arrive on scene after the call to 911. Equipped with a portable suction unit, Hallman joined in the effort to restore the youth’s breathing by removing the water expelled during the resuscitation process.