Boy, 7, rescued from pool

Published: August 10, 2007 | 6638th good news item since 2003

A 7-year-old boy is expected to live after he was rescued Wednesday afternoon from the bottom of a swimming pool at the Foxwood Manor Apartments complex on New Rodgers Road in Middletown.

According to witnesses and police, the boy’s father dropped him off at the pool and left. The pool’s two lifeguards and witnesses said they first saw the boy in the shallow section, holding onto the sides.

Then, a few minutes later, residents Chey Brody, 15, and Tracey Robinson, 20, who were sitting by the pool, saw the child floating toward the bottom of the pool where it is 9 feet deep.

“He kept on floating down and more down,” Robinson said.

Robinson said to neighbor Mark Solley, “I don’t think he’s supposed to be down there that long.”

Solley dived in the water and rescued the boy, whose body was limp.

Another man, whom Solley only identified as having an eyebrow ring, began to administer CPR. One of the lifeguards found a pulse, Solley said.

After chest compressions, the boy coughed up his lunch and lots of water, Solley said. His eyes began to open and then he moaned, witnesses said.

By then, the Penndel-Middletown emergency squad had arrived. And the boy’s father appeared, screaming. He hopped into the ambulance right before the vehicle rushed the boy, with the help of police blocking intersections, to St. Mary Medical Center in Middletown.

Robinson said the lifeguards at the pool weren’t paying attention.

“One was in the pool doing exercises and the other was just sitting there,” she said.

However, Solley, who rescued the boy, said the boy wasn’t the lifeguards’ responsibility. The boy’s father should have watched his son, because the rule is that children under 13 cannot be left unsupervised, Solley said.

“It wasn’t their fault. It was the father’s fault,” Solley said.

The lifeguards declined to comment. They are employed by American Pool Management, based in Montgomeryville.

The Middletown Police Department is still investigating the situation, said Sgt. Mark Wert.

“The lifeguards are not babysitters. They’re here to help if there is an emergency,” Wert said. “The father is ultimately responsible.”

Wert said the boy is going to be OK.

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