A father’s quick action may have saved his 4-year-old son’s life today. The little boy is recovering after nearly drowning at a pool just south of the Lynnwood/Mountlake Terrace border.
Firefighters responded about 4:30 p.m. to the pool at the Northern Lights Apartments in the 4400 block of 212th St. SW. The boy’s father pulled him from the water, started CPR and the child had regained consciousness by the time they arrived.
“Paramedics believe the father’s quick action helped save the boy’s life. The boy was breathing, but still very pale when firefighters arrived,” said Leslie Hynes, spokesperson for Snohomish County Fire District 1. “Our medics were on the scene within four minutes and had the boy at Stevens Hospital just 13 minutes after the 911 call was placed.”
The boy and his family had been visiting friends at the apartment complex when the near drowning occurred. The father told firefighters he had been in the pool watching his son and an older child playing on a floating toy just prior to the incident.
“The father went to the deep end of the pool to dive in. Before making his dive, he saw that both children were playing on the toy. He told firefighters he dove in and had his head underwater only a few seconds. When he surfaced, the 4-year-old was in the water and unconscious,” Hynes said.
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