PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A 9-year-old boy was rescued from a swimming pool in Greenfield.
The incident happened at Magee Pool in the 700-block of Greenfield Avenue.
Pittsburgh police say the boy lost his footing in water 4.5 – to 5-feet deep and became submerged.
Ollie Jones, a bystander, saw the boy.
“And my instincts [were] to just jump in and grab him and that’s just what I did – just jumped in and grabbed him and just pulled him out of the water,” Jones told KDKA-TV.
Latosha Short, a nurse visiting the pool, and a Citiparks lifeguard performed CPR on the child.
“I’ve been in nursing for about five to seven years so I just thought, ‘I’m going to do my job,’” she said. “And I’m just glad I can save a child because if it was my child, I would want somebody to save my child as well.”
A man named John lifted the boy out of the pool.
“He was limp in my arms and as I held him then he began to spit up a lot of water and some other things and as he left on a stretcher he was very much aware,” he said. “He was crying and his leg’s bent and he’s shouting.”
The boy was in guarded condition when he was taken to Children’s Hospital in Lawrenceville. His mother met him there. Police say the boy was at the pool with a camp group.
Citiparks closed the pool for the rest of the day.
Meantime, Dr. Bruce Dixon, director of the Allegheny County Health Department, says the pool was crowded because it was the first day of summer.
Dr. Dixon says the health department, along with Citiparks and Pittsburgh police, will investigate this incident.
He told KDKA-TV the health department, which licenses swimming pools, will determine whether the appropriate number of life guards were on duty and if they had proper training. He adds that the number of lifeguards on duty is determined by the size of the pool – not the number of people at the pool.