Hotel Pool Accident Results in Near Drowning of Child in Washington Twp Hotel Pool
Hotel Pool Accidents and Public Pool Safety Comes To Light After Child Nearly Drowns in Washington Twp Hotel
A hotel pool accident in a Washington Twp resulted in a near tragedy when a 5-year-old boy nearly drowned in a hotel swimming pool. Two nurses managed to save the life of the boy who had fallen into the pool. The nurses were able to revive the boy just in time to be rescued by medics and taken to a local hospital for further treatment. According to WDTN, the boy was blue and was unable to breathe for over 2 minutes. [http://wdtn.com/2014/07/24/child-pulled-from-hotel-swimming-pool/, July 2014]
The boy was sitting next to his sister and grandparents outside the Country Inn and Suites pool on Yankee Street in Washington Twp Ohio when he fell into the pool. Pool guests were able to pull the boy out of the water, but he was not breathing. A pool guest shouted for help and was overheard by a group of nurses who were in a seminar at the hotel. Two nurses rushed to help the boy. After two minutes of chest compressions, the boy started to breathe and was taken to a local hospital for further treatment. One of the nurses told WDTN after the hotel pool accident that she felt she was placed at the hotel for a reason. “Basically, God put us in the place to be for this young man today.” “Nurses are nurses. Just jump in and do what we do best,” she said.
Hotel pool accidents and drowning incidences are surprisingly common, since most hotels do not have lifeguards posted around the pool watching for the safety of pool patrons. Although many individuals drown or nearly drown in private establishments, about 24 percent of all drowning accidents occur on public property, such as hotels and spas, according to data collected by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Between 2008 and 2010, nearly 100 children between the ages of 0 and 14 drowned in a public pool. Between 2010 and 2012, over 1500 individuals were treated for public pool-related emergencies in the United States. [http://www.poolsafely.gov/drowning-deaths-injuries/, July 2014]
According to statistics, hotel pools that do not meet safety regulations are even more dangerous for pool patrons, and can result in hotel pool accidents. Murky water and malfunctioning suction pumps can increase the risk of drowning. Last July, a 27-year-old man drowned in a hotel pool in Seattle because police could not locate the man with a rescue hook or thermal imaging due to the cloudiness of the pool. A child from Beaumont also drowned in a hotel pool due to murky water. Data from the Ohio Department of Public Safety shows that over 70 Ohio residents drowned in public pools between 1998 and 2000. Ohio’s average drowning rate is 0.9 per 100,000 residents, slightly lower than the national average of 1.6. [http://www.king5.com/news/cities/seattle/Seattle-hotel-pool-drowning-raises-questions-about-safety-215761671.html, July 2013] [http://www.publicsafety.ohio.gov/links/Drowning.pdf, July 2014]
Hotel visitors can cut down on pool-related injuries by watching for signs of safety violations. Never swim in a murky pool or a hotel pool that does not have safety gear including a life preserver and a rescue hook. Always keep children within arm’s reach and never take your eyes off of a child for more than 5 seconds. Avoid unsafe practices in hotel pools, such as drinking and diving into the shallow end of the pool. Practical safety tips can go a long way toward preventing drowning and near-drowning accidents while at a hotel pool.