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Man rescued from Jefferson Memorial Park Pool

June 13, 2008|By DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A man believed to be in his 30s was rescued Thursday afternoon from Jefferson Memorial Park Pool when he went underwater, officials said.

The man was unconscious after the incident, but he was talking when he was taken to Jefferson Memorial Hospital, according to Ed Smith, chief of Independent Fire Co.

As a result, the man's condition "looks pretty positive," Smith said.

The man was flown to a hospital, but Smith was not sure which one.

The man might have followed someone into the deep end of the pool, said Patti Mulkeen-Corley, one of the board of directors for the pool along Forest Avenue.

Also, the man might have had a medical condition that contributed to the incident, Smith and Mulkeen-Corley said.

The man was underwater for less than a minute when an 18-year-old lifeguard - in his first day on the job - dove in and rescued the man, Mulkeen-Corley said.

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The incident occurred about 4 p.m.

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