West U Child Nearly Drowns at Colonial Pool

April 23, 2012

A West U child nearly drowned at Colonial Park Pool on Sunday while having a seizure in the pool.

Around 3:27 p.m. on Sunday, a West U lifeguard noticed a child in distress on a floating log play feature in the pool.

The lifeguard immediately initiated the emergency procedure protocol and entered the pool to help the child as the other lifeguards on duty cleared the pool, city officials said in a statement.

Staff performed an extrication of the child from the pool and immediately began to assess the condition of the child’s vital signs.

West University Place Police and Fire Department personnel were immediately dispatched to the scene. Through the combined efforts of municipal personnel the child was stabilized and transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital at the Texas Medical Center.

“I’m really proud of the entire West University Place team,” Parks and Recreation Director Tim O’Connor said, adding that the parks and recreation department and police and fire departments all did their job.

Everyone acted in a “very professional and efficient manner,” he said.

The incident has been classified as a “near drowning” and the city is conducting a thorough review the incident, according to the city.

The name of the child and his condition was not released.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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