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Waynesboro girl hurt in pool incident

May 31, 2003|By Gregory T. Simmons and Tara Reilly

WAYNESBORO, Pa., - An 8-year-old Waynesboro girl attending a birthday party at a pool Friday evening in Waynesboro was taken to Waynesboro Hospital after she began choking under water, Waynesboro police said.

The girl's condition was not known Friday night, said Waynesboro Police Officer C. Shoap. He declined to provide the girl's name.

Employees at the YMCA at 810 E. Main St. said officials were called about 6:15 p.m. because the girl appeared to be drowning.

Shoap said a lifeguard found the girl at the bottom of a pool and pulled her out. He said when paramedics arrived she was breathing but still coughing up water.

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He said he had not confirmed her condition at the hospital.

David Malinosky, an 18-year-old lifeguard at the pool, said when reached by phone Friday that he saw the girl had been submerged for what seemed to be a long time, so he evacuated the pool and dove in.

"When I brought her up, if you didn't know anything, you would have thought she was dead," Malinowsky said.

When Malinowsky pulled the girl out her heart was beating, but she initially could not breathe, he said. She began coughing shortly after, and paramedics arrived and took her to the hospital.

Malinowsky said the girl had been swimming in about 5 feet of water in the smaller of two pools at the swim center.

"The lifeguard did a tremendous job," said Alan Smith, associate executive director for the Waynesboro area YMCA.

- By staff writers Gregory T. Simmons and Tara Reilly

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