The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


June 20, 2013

CPR saves 6-year-old swimmer in Northumberland

— NORTHUMBERLAND — A 6-year-old Shamokin boy rescued Wednesday from the bottom of Liberty Splashland’s pool suffered cardiac arrest, but was reportedly conscious in the evening after lifeguards administered life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

The boy, whom officials would not identify because of his age, was the second to be rescued in the Valley since June 12, when a 5-year-old boy was discovered floating motionless and face-down in the Mifflinburg Community Pool. That child also received quick medical attention and survived.

The 6-year-old at Liberty Splashland was under water “for too long,” several witnesses said. He was seen in a deeper part of the pool, said witnesses who declined to provide their names.

When rescued from the pool, the boy wasn’t wearing a flotation device, the witnesses said.

It was not known why the boy was in the deeper end of the pool without a flotation device.

After being pulled from the water, the boy’s body was “limp,” witnesses said.

Lifeguards turned him over and began cardiopulmonary resuscitation, witnesses said.

Rebecca Kline, Splashland manager, was on the scene, but was “too shaken up” to speak to anyone about what happened.

Medical officials found a pulse on the boy and he was breathing, Northumberland police Chief Butch Kriner said.

He was taken by Area Services ambulance to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, where he was conscious and was tested by physicians to see if he was fully responsive, said Greg Carl, Liberty Splashland director.

Results of those tests were not available.

After the incident, pool officials opted to close Liberty Splashland for the day.


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