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Man nearly drowns in Los Angeles County pool

June 09, 2013|By Teresa Watanabe

An 18-year-old man was hospitalized in critical condition Sunday after nearly drowning in a Los Angeles County pool, a city fire official said.

The man, who has not been identified, had been swimming at the Jesse Owens Community Regional Park pool on South Western Avenue and West Century Boulevard when lifeguards pulled him out about 4:10 p.m., according to Katherine Main of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Main said the man was not breathing and had no pulse when he was rescued by lifeguards, who initiated CPR.

Andre Herndon, spokesman for the L.A. County Department of Parks and Recreation, said officials were investigating what happened. He said four lifeguards were on duty and about 100 swimmers were in the pool, which is open year-round, at the time of the incident.

Herndon said there have been no drownings in a county pool in at least the last 12 months.


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