Two kids hospitalized following incident at Collicutt pool

Two young children were pulled from the water and resuscitated by Collicutt Centre lifeguards after a frightening swimming mishap Thursday evening.

Two young children were pulled from the water and resuscitated by Collicutt Centre lifeguards after a frightening swimming mishap Thursday evening.

City recreation superintendent Kay Kenny said a lifeguard noticed a four-year-old boy and six-year-old girl in distress in the wave pool about 7 p.m.

“The staff member responded and pulled out both individuals and took them to the side of the pool and that individual and another lifeguard began resuscitation.

“They were resuscitated very quickly,” she said.

Red Deer Emergency Services was called and an ambulance was soon on scene.

“By the time EMS arrived both individuals were conscious and speaking and were alert.”

Both children, who are believed to be brother and sister, were taken to hospital and joined by their parents. At least one parent had been swimming at the pool with the children.

Kenny believes the children were kept in hospital overnight but did not have confirmation.

“It was a scary incident but handled very, very well,” she said.

“Our staff responded effectively. They train over and over and over for just this kind of eventuality and they came through with flying colours.

“I’m very proud of them.”