Two boys nearly drown in separate incidents

By Erin Alberty

The Salt Lake Tribune

Published: June 19, 2013 06:47PM
Updated: June 19, 2013 10:49PM

Bystanders are credited with rescuing a 4-year-old boy from drowning in a swimming pool at a West Jordan apartment complex.

The boy was swimming with his mother and an older sibling about 3:45 p.m. Wednesday in the outdoor pool at the Willow Cover Apartments, near 9300 South and Redwood Road, police said. A bystander had seen the boy playing with a flotation device in the pool, said West Jordan police Lt. Rich Bell.

When the man looked again, he noticed the same device was floating alone in the pool, Bell said. The man spotted the boy lying on the floor of the pool in the deep end, Bell said.

The man jumped into the pool and pulled the boy out. Other bystanders performed CPR on the boy.

When paramedics arrived, the boy was breathing again; he regained consciousness while he was being treated, Bell said.

The boy was flown to Primary Children’s Medical Center. Bell said the boy was expected to survive, but responders don’t know how long he was without oxygen or the possible long-term effects.

In a separate incident Wednesday, a toddler nearly drowned in a kiddie pool in West Valley City. Two boys, 2 and 3, were playing in the pool at a home near 4300 South and 4625 West about 4:30 p.m. under the supervision of their mother and grandmother, police said.

The two children were left unattended for “maybe one or two minutes,” said West Valley City police Sgt. Amy Maurer. Then the adults noticed the 2-year-old lying in the water.

Medics were called and CPR was performed, Maurer said. The boy was flown to a hospital. He was in serious condition.