Child nearly drowns at Port Royal YMCA pool

Published: Jul. 24, 2012 at 2:44 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 13, 2012 at 1:27 AM EDT
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PORT ROYAL, SC (WTOC) - Beaufort firefighters and Port Royal Fire and Rescue responded Tuesday morning to the Wardle YMCA in Port Royal for a near drowning.

YMCA staff members say that every morning the kids are required to take a swim test. They say that a 7 year old boy did not pass the swim test to be able to swim in the deep end and was suppose to swim in the shallow end only, but made his way to the deep end where he nearly drown.

Lifeguards quickly pulled the boy from the pool at the YMCA, and he was transported by EMS to Beaufort Memorial.

The Beaufort Fire Dept. told WTOC that the child was breathing when they were on the way to the hospital, and that the outcome may have been different if it weren't for the lifeguards quick response.

"He got into the deeper end, which is only for the kids that know how to swim, and he went under. Thank goodness our lifeguards were there and got the child out right away. He was breathing and had a little bit of water in his lungs but came up pretty quickly," said Michael Bostwich, YMCA CEO.

The boy is now recovering at the hospital.

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