Grovetown mother saves child from drowning

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GROVETOWN, Ga. (WJBF) — Tragedy was avoided at the Canterbury Farms neighborhood pool as a mother saves her young daughter from drowning.

Witnesses told NewsChannel 6 reporter, Devin Johnson the child was drowning, and the mother jumped in the water and saved her. Another guest says she saw the whole thing.

“So when the parent saw that going on, three of them jumped up and got into the water,” explained Susan Palandra. “The girl had already stopped breathing.”

Columbia County EMTs performed CPR on the little girl. Palandra told Devin the incident was scary. She says this is an important reminder to keep a close eye on your little ones as the pools get more crowded this summer.

“Your child can die,” said Palandra. “Your child can be dead in 60 seconds, and I don’t think you want that.”

A family pool day can be a fun time, but it can also turn deadly when parents are not alert. The lifeguards at the Wilson YMCA say take these three tips when you go out to the pool.

“Swim lesson is a significant factor,” explained Melissa McCollum. “Safety first with a life jacket and puddle jumpers that are approved. Organizations do not recommend anything that blows up, due to the fact there have been drownings in those blowup things. Don’t ever use blows-ups; use the coast guard approved appliances.”

The biggest tip for parents or guardians around water.

“You can get easily distracted sitting on the deck, getting some sun,” said McCollum. “However, it always a lot safer for you to be in the pool, at arms reach of your kids at all times.”

Captain Steve Morris with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office says the little girl is expected to be okay.

  • Nearly 300 children younger than five drown in swimming pools and spas each year.
  • More than 4,000 children younger than five suffer submersion injuries and require emergency treatment.
  • Children, males, and minorities are the most at risk for drowning.
  • Experts encourage both parents and children to take swim lessons.

(WJBF) – A 4-year-old is recovering after being saved from a neighborhood swimming pool.

It happened in the Canterbury Farms community in Grovetown.

Witnesses say the child’s mother jumped in the water and saved her. Another guest saw the whole thing.

She says this is another reminder to keep a close eye on your little ones at the pool this summer.

“Your child can die. Your child can be dead in 60 seconds, and I don’t think you want that,” says Susan Palandra.

Captain Steve Morris with the Columbia County Sheriffs Office says the little girl is expected to be okay.

The community pool will remain open.

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