Monday, August 17, 2009

Can't sleep...

A 3-year-old girl was pronounced dead today after witnesses found her floating in a public swimming pool.

The girl was floating face-down in 2 feet of water at the Keach Park pool in Concord, according to a woman who said she pulled the girl out of the water. Lifeguards performed CPR but were unable to resuscitate her, the woman said.

"I keep crying. I keep thinking about it,"the woman, Sylinda Wetherbee, said last night. "I can't imagine losing a child."

Police said the girl was from Chichester. Officials declined to release her name.

Wetherbee, 44, who lives in Warren, said there were three lifeguards on duty and about 30 people in the pool when she saw the girl floating near the shallow end. The girl's arms were out, "but her feet went straight down,"Wetherbee said.

"It didn't look right, so I just jumped up,"Wetherbee said. "I don't know why. I just jumped up and ran toward her."

Another woman reached into the water and grabbed the girl, Wetherbee said, "but she did not have the strength to actually pull her out, so I did."

The girl was unresponsive. Wetherbee said she called for the lifeguards to come over and help.

An ambulance arrived within minutes, she said. Police said they were called to the scene at 1:56 p.m. Concord Fire Department paramedics transported the girl to Concord Hospital.

In a statement, the Concord Police Department said it was investigating "the circumstances surrounding this incident."Investigators yesterday were waiting for the state Medical Examiner's Office to determine the cause of death.

Concord had planned on closing all of its pools for the season last Friday, but officials recently decided to keep the pools open for a few extra days due to the "wet, cool start of the pool season,"according to the city's Web site. An announcement on the site said the Keach Park pool and two others would remain open until today.

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