Nov 292010

A 12-year-old boy was expected to recover after nearly drowning Wednesday night in the pool at the Southwest Valley Family YMCA in Goodyear, authorities said.

The boy was swimming in the lap pool with a friend about 8:30 p.m. when he lost consciousness, Goodyear fire spokesman Russ Braden said. His friend called for help and a bystander and on-duty lifeguard pulled the boy from the water.

He was unconscious but began spitting up water after the lifeguard performed CPR and other life-saving measures, Braden said. He was conscious and talking by the time firefighters arrived two minutes after receiving the call.

The boy was taken to Phoenix Children’s Hospital as a precaution, he said.

Braden said people should never hesitate to call 911 if something happens, even if the child seems OK.

“They will go from looking pretty good to looking bad within minutes, so that’s why with kids we always (advise) to take them in,” he said.

It was unclear why the boy lost consciousness, Braden said.

A statement released by the Ed Hendricks, executive vice president of Valley of the Sun YMCA, on Thursday said, “We are proud of our lifeguards and staff who responded to the emergency situation, administered care and supported the family. Safety is our number one priority.”

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