At 11:22 am Tuesday, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District firefighters were dispatched to a report of a juvenile drowning at the Antioch Water Park in the City of Antioch.
It was reported that an 11-year-old male had drowned and that city staff were in CPR after the youth was pulled from the bottom of a pool. There are conflicting report as to if lifeguards pulled the youth or fellow students from the bottom of the pool.
As care was being provided by city staff, the 11-year-old began to breath and have a pulse, however, he was still unresponsive. Shortly after firefighters arrived on scene, the patient began to further stabilize.
By 11:55 am, a portion of Lone Tree Way in front of Deer Valley High School was shut down as CALSTAR landed for medical transport to Children’s Hospital in Oakland.
According to firefighters on scene, they credit city staff for a quick response and providing medical care to assist in resuscitating the juvenile.
It was later confirmed that the juvenile student was from Jack London Elementary School.
Nancy Kaiser, Parks and Recreation Director, issued a statement saying the staff go above and beyond county and state regulations to ensure safety and work with local agencies on action plans and practice CPR daily.
“The Antioch Water Park meets all regulatory requirements for guarding and serving the facility, to ensure a fun and safe experience for all guests. Today’s reservation only used partial facilities, and the staff was on duty to provide service at the two pools and the remaining needs of the park,” said Kaiser. “Water Park staff train, practice and prepare for all emergencies every day they work. The team works closely with CONFIRE on a regular basis as well. The two teams always debrief to learn and change procedures as needed.”
Update per Antioch Police:
Antioch Police reported at around 2:20 pm, the 11-year-old was alert and awake after being transported to a local hospital. He was being held for observation. Police also said they believed he was under water for a few minutes.
It was later reported that three students noticed the student had been at the bottom of the pool when they began to pull him up and with the assistance of a teacher pulled him from the pool and medical care began.