ALIQUIPPA (KDKA) — Firefighters were able to revive a young boy after he nearly drowned in a backyard pool in Beaver County Wednesday afternoon.
The incident happened around 3 p.m. at a home along Wykes Street in Aliquippa.
The swimming pool is just three-and-a-half feet deep.
Two-year-old Bryce Nichols was visiting with his mother when he vanished. He was nowhere in sight. There was panic and a desperate search.
“Everybody was searching for the kid and they were running around the yard, and they actually ran to the back and saw the kid floating,” said Sheldon Jeter, a neighbor. “He was floating in the water.”
It was 17-year-old Marquis Jenkins who noticed the tarp over the pool had been disturbed. That’s when he made the horrible discovery.
“We ripped the tarp off. “He wasn’t breathing,” said Jenkins. “I won’t be okay till I know he’s all the way okay.”
The boy’s mother finally retrieved Bryce from the pool, but he wasn’t breathing.
Firefighters came to the rescue, performing CPR and reviving the boy at the scene.
Ambulances and a medical helicopter were called in. The boy was flown to Children’s Hospital for treatment.
At last report, he was breathing on his own. But there’s no word on his condition.
Meanwhile, neighbors are thankful crews were able to revive the boy.
“God is good, and he’s alive,” said Edwina West, a family friend. “As parents, we have to watch our children. When they’re 2-years-old, you have to watch every move that they make.”
Aliquippa Police are investigating the incident.