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5-year old boy saved with CPR after drowning in pool

A 5-year old was saved by off-duty paramedics and lifeguards with CPR after drowning in a pool. A day at the pool turned into a dramatic rescue at the YMCA/YWCA in Langford.

Drowning incident

The lifeguards pulled an unconscious 5-year old from the pool who had to be revived by the aquatic centre staff and a pair of off-duty paramedics – married couple Kyle Klint and Karlie Wilson.

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Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a life-saving skill during emergencies.

Both were at the pool with their 4-year old twin boys when they noticed a commotion in the water. Klint stated that he was at the top of the pool’s waterslide when he heard a lifeguard blow a whistle to signal danger. They watched as the lifeguards moved people away from the pool and pulled out an unconscious boy out of the water. One of them got the boy on the deck and started CPR.

The couple realized that the child was in cardiac arrest and stepped in to offer help. Wilson started chest compressions while Klint kept the airway of the boy clear and assisted with the ventilations.

Luckily, the boy started to breathe on his own after 3-4 minutes and was already awake by the time the ambulance arrived and transported him to a healthcare facility.

Timely delivery of CPR

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a life-saving skill during emergencies. You can learn this life-saving skill by enrolling in a first aid course.

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