Five-year-old hospitalized after nearly drowning

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WVEC) - A five-year-old child is in a hospital in Richmond after being pulled unresponsive from a pool at a popular waterpark in Williamsburg Saturday afternoon.

According to Lt. Alton Catlett, a spokesperson for James City County Fire and Rescue, this incident unfolded at around 1:30 p.m. when the fire department received a 911 call reporting that lifeguards were performing CPR on a small child at Chickahominy Riverfront Park on John Tyler Highway in Williamsburg.

The 5-year-old boy was there with an uncle and his grandparents enjoying a day swimming. Catlett said that the child's parents live locally, but that he was with his relatives for the day.

He had been running around to pool playing, but at some point, the uncle noticed he was not anywhere he could be seen, and when he went to look for him, saw him lying at the bottom of the pool. The uncle pulled him out of the pool and notified lifeguards at the facility, who immediately began performing CPR on the child.

When rescue personnel arrived, the lifeguards had restored his pulse, but he wasn't breathing on his own. Once they had him breathing with assistance, rescue personnel determined that he should receive emergency pediatric care, and summoned a medevac helo, which subsequently airlifted him to VCU Medical Center in Richmond.

Lt. Catlett said that he's received no update on the child's condition, but that the last thing he heard was that the child was "trying" to breathe on his own as he was being airlifted.

Catlett credited the lifeguards with giving the child a chance, saying: "It's the immediate care this child received from lifeguards that, hopefully, made the difference."

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