ALBERT LEA, Minn. – A child had to be rescued Monday morning from the pool at the Albert Lea YMCA.
The Albert Lea YMCA Executive Director Dennis Dieser tells KIMT there was a youth group swimming. One boy looked like he was playing and doing flips in the water when a chaperone noticed him slip under the water. The chaperone made a life saving decision and had a child close to the one who went under grab his arm. The chaperone, who luckily was a medical professional, then performed one round of CPR until the child regained consciousness and spit up water.
Dieser says he's proud of the way everyone worked together to save this child's life and explains that this is a prime example of why chaperones with groups of children are so important...and why it is always a good idea to invest in swim lessons.
Fire rescue, police, and Gold Cross Ambulance responded to the call at 9:30am.
The boy was in the hospital but did return home.