Monday, August 17, 2009

Poor girl, her family, and the lifeguards. They did what they were trained to do... so sad...

Girl, 3, Dies After Being Pulled From Concord Pool
Lifeguards Perform CPR After Girl Spotted Floating Facedown

A 3-year-old girl drowned in a Concord swimming pool on Monday, despite efforts from bystanders and lifeguards.

Police said the Chichester girl was pulled from a swimming pool in Keach Park on Loudon Road. Witness Sylinda Wetherbee said she saw the girl floating in the water, facedown.

"I looked over and I saw this little girl facedown, and myself and another woman ran at the same time, and she got down there before me and she reached down and grabbed the little girl," Wetherbee said. "I reached in and grabbed the little girl from her, flipped her over, thinking it might have just happened and the water would come out, and it didn't."

Wetherbee said the pool was packed at the time, and three lifeguards were on duty to oversee a crowd trying to beat the intense heat. Two lifeguards performed CPR on the girl while a third called 911.

Police officers responding to the pool also treated the girl, who was transferred to Concord Hospital by Concord Fire Department paramedics. She was pronounced dead at the hospital.

An investigation is under way, and anyone with information was asked to call police at 603-225-8600.Tell Us More: E-mail WMUR your tips and story ideas.
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