COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH) – A three-year-old boy was rescued from an apartment complex pool in Columbus Thursday afternoon after nearly drowning.
According to the Columbus Fire Department, a groundskeeper at Quail Run apartment complex on Gladstone Avenue called 911 after hearing screams for help.
Christina John told responders that she was walking to lunch when she heard a man calling for help from the pool area. According to John, she arrived at the pool to find the child’s father attempting CPR.
Columbus police officers arrived at the scene within one minute of the dispatch.
Lt. Matt Myers said that when he arrived, the child was out of the water and appeared to be lifeless. He said pool water could be seen in the airway as the father attempted to resuscitate him.
Lt. Myers said at one point, the victim spit out water and started to cry. He positioned the child in a recovery position and applied back blows to remove the water from the child’s lungs.
Police said the victim was alert and conscious at the time he was transported to Columbus Regional Health. His condition is unknown as of Thursday night.
The victim’s father said he was teaching his nine-year-old son how to swim when he turned around and saw his three-year-old son face down in the pool. The child was freely floating on a raft at the time and wasn’t wearing a life jacket.
He told police that he pulled both children from the pool and began to administer CPR to his son.
Nobody else was in the pool at the time of the incident, according to police.
“This is an ideal time of year for watersports. Whether you are in a pool or a natural body of water, there is always a possibility that something unforeseen can occur, especially when children are involved,” Lt. Myers said.
The Columbus Fire Department says that even if a near drowning occurs, you should still seek medical treatment. Even a small amount of water in the lungs can be harmful. This is commonly referred to as silent, or secondary drowning.
In secondary drowning, fluid builds up in the lungs, called pulmonary edema, after a near-drowning incident. The fluid causes trouble breathing. This can occur from one to 24 hours after a struggle in the water.
Secondary drowning signs to look for are:
- Trouble breathing, chest pain or cough
- Sudden changes in behavior
- Extreme fatigue