Paly Student Sinks to Bottom of Pool, Cheats Death

Coach performed CPR, saved boy's life.


A was spared Tuesday after he was pulled from the bottom of a swimming pool, according to the Fire Department.

The student, who was not identified, was found unconscious and unresponsive during swim practice shortly before 12:12 p.m., said Palo Alto Fire Battalion Chief Niles Broussard in a statement.

The boy was underwater for about 90 seconds before being removed by his fellow swim team members, Broussard said.

The boy’s swim coach did not feel a pulse on the boy, and proceeded to perform CPR for 30 seconds. The boy then became responsive, said Broussard, just as Palo Alto Police arrived to provide support and patient information. A Palo Alto Fire engine van and paramedic ambulance then arrived, and the patient was given an Advanced Life Support Assessment. ALS was then started, said Broussard, and the boy became more responsive.

The boy was then transferred to the ambulance with assistance from the engine crew and taken to the hospital, where was alert and talking at the time he was dropped off.

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GMK May 25, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Thank goodness he is OK but how could this happen to an experienced swimmer? Scary...


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