The aftermath has been a positive one so far for a 6-year-old boy rescued Sunday from a swimming pool by a lifeguard at Burgess Park in Menlo Park, according to Derek Schweigart, community services manager for the city.
The boy was released from the hospital Monday, said Mr. Schweigart. "We're very thankful that we had a positive outcome of the situation and that the child is doing well," he said.
Menlo Swim and Sport, the private contractor that operates the swimming pools at Burgess Park, is investigating what happened and will keep the city "in the loop," Mr. Schweigart said.
Menlo Swim and Sport has not yet responded to an interview request. In an emailed statement, spokesman Joe Perez said that the company "will conduct a full investigation of the incident and will provide additional details as they become available."
At about 3:45 p.m. Sunday, July 19, "lifeguards noticed a young boy on the bottom of the instructional pool," Mr. Perez said in the statement.
Mr. Schweigart, in summarizing the results of a meeting with Menlo Swim and Sport, said he was told that a pool patron saw the boy and notified lifeguards.
The boy was not breathing when he was brought to the surface, Mr. Schweigart said. Lifeguards laid him on the pool deck and the lifeguard supervisor performed a successful "rescue-breath" operation and expelled water from the boy's lungs, Mr. Schweigart said. Lifeguards did not perform CPR as had been previously reported, he added.
Medics arrived, took over care for the boy and transferred him to Stanford hospital for treatment and observation, Mr. Perez said.
Menlo Swim and Sport's investigation will include whether the boy received the appropriate level of care and whether the incident was well handled, Mr. Schweigart said. While the city is "pretty confident" that the evaluation will be thorough, "clearly, we're going to be keeping a close eye on the results," he said.
As to reports that the 17-year-old lifeguard who performed the rescue had appeared panicked and scared, Mr. Schweigart noted that first responders are vulnerable to such reactions. They train with plastic dummies, he said. "Their training kicked in to perform the rescue," he said.