Wednesday 21 February 2018

Boy (9) saved after nearly drowning in public pool

Finglas Sports and Fitness centre
Finglas Sports and Fitness centre

Ian Begley

A nine-year-old boy had a lucky escape yesterday after nearly drowning in a north Dublin swimming pool.

It is understood the boy got into difficulty while swimming at Finglas Sports and Fitness centre at about 6.15pm.

He was submerged in water for an unknown period of time before he was rescued.

The Finglas division of Dublin Fire Brigade received a 999 call from the fitness centre and rushed to the scene.

Ambulance medics treated the boy before taking him to Temple Street Children's Hospital. He was conscious and breathing at the time.

Stable

A member of Dublin Fire Brigade said: "I can confirm that a nine-year-old was taken from the swimming pool at about 6.15pm.

"It was a near-drowning incident, but he was brought to hospital.

"It's good news, which is always the best news for us," she said.

A spokesperson from Temple Street Children's Hospital said that the child was understood to be "doing well".

"We can confirm that this child was admitted and he is stable and doing well."

Irish Independent

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