EMS Respond to Incident at Prairie Grove Aquatic Park Center

PRAIRIE GROVE, AR -- Central EMS responded to what was first reported as a near drowning at Prairie Grove Aquatic Center in Prairie Grove Sunday afternoon.

Larry Oelrich, Director of Public Works for the city, said an 18-year-old man jumped off the diving board and did not come up. Lifeguards immediately went in to save him. He was conscious but had trouble breathing.

The city posted an update to their Facebook page Monday morning, saying, "Although a male did go to the bottom of the pool where a lifeguard extracted him, everything was done right and he was doing better within minutes of the incidence. We are not sure we would characterize it as a near drowning, but ambulances were called as a precaution. Anytime there is a chance of water being breathed into lungs the risk of secondary drowning is there so precautions are necessary. Lifeguards at PGAP make numerous saves all summer long, this was just one of many. Many are children who are weak or new swimmers that struggle to make it back to the pool edge, but others such as the one Sunday can be more serious. We commend our lifeguards on the job they do. It serious business and they train hard throughout the summer to stay sharp. "

The man refused medical treatment from Central EMS.

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