Toddler survives near drowning at hot springs |

Toddler survives near drowning at hot springs

A toddler nearly drowned at the Hot Springs Pool on Sunday before receiving life-saving CPR from a lifeguard.

According to Glenwood Springs fire chief Mike Piper, an emergency advanced life support crew was called to the pool at 5:52 p.m. on Sunday for a report of an unidentified 2 1/2-year-old girl, who was pulled out of the water and found to be unconscious.

Witnesses said when the girl was pulled from the deep end of the big pool, she looked lifeless.

“They pulled a girl out of the water. She was all limp,” said Jamie Meck of Glenwood Springs, an eyewitness to the incident. “There were whistles blown and lifeguards started running. They did CPR, then she woke up and threw up (water).”

Once the girl’s father realized what was going on, he came running over from the diving board area, Meck said.

“When the whistles blew, it became dead silent,” said Haylie Westphal of Glenwood Springs, another eyewitness.

By 5:55 p.m., when Glenwood Springs Fire Department rescue crews arrived at the pool, the girl was already conscious and breathing. As a precaution, the girl was transported to Valley View Hospital. Information was unavailable from the hospital Tuesday regarding if or when she was released.

Hot Springs Pool general manager Kjell Mitchell would not comment on the specifics of the incident, or name the lifeguard who gave the girl life-saving CPR. He did, however, wish the family well.

“Obviously our prayers are with the family and our hopes are for a speedy recovery,” Mitchell said.

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