A Fairfield County woman is credited with saving the life of a child after she pulled the girl from a community swimming pool.
The incident took place in Trumbull at the Ten Apartments, 100 Oakview Drive on Thursday, June 9.
The victim, a 5-year-old Trumbull girl, was found unresponsive in the water at about 6 p.m. and was pulled out of the water, said Lt. Brian Weir, of the Trumbull Police.
A bystander at the pool saw what was occurring, immediately stepped in to help, and began doing CPR and rescue breathing on the girl, Weir said.
A short time later, the girl coughed up water and regained consciousness, he added.
The girl was swimming with her mother and another child in the pool when the mother turned away for a moment to assist the other child. The victim ended up in the deep end of the pool where she became limp and was face down in the water, Weir said.
The mother then grabbed the girl out of the pool, but the child was blue in the face and unresponsive, he said.
The mother called 911, while the bystander resuscitated the child.
"Trumbull Police and Trumbull EMS all responded and arrived on the scene shortly after, where they found the victim conscious, alert, and breathing," Weir said.
The child was transported to Bridgeport Hospital for further evaluation, she is expected to make a full recovery.
"The Trumbull Police Department would like to remind everyone about water safety and the need to take precautions when children are swimming at the beach or local pools," Weir said.
Here are some tips to remember for water safety:
- Never swim alone. This includes adults.
- Learn to swim. Starting as young as 6 months old, and adults as well.
- Parents should learn First Aid and CPR.
- Look out for others. Immediately call for help when someone is in trouble.
- Have a Life Jacket. Use Coast Guard-approved life jackets when near the water. Never depend on inflatable floats and toys.
- Never try to save anyone by jumping in yourself. Throw them something that floats, or use a pole to reach them.
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