ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
A boy who nearly drowned at an Orange County resort is pulled to safety by a guest at the pool. Investigators said the child was breathing and alert when paramedics rushed him from the Orange Lake resort on Sunday afternoon.
Orange County firefighters and Orange County Sheriff’s deputies received to the call for help around 4:20 p.m. about a child found unresponsive in a pool at resort off W Irlo Bronson Highway.
“As we were responding to the call, we ended up hearing some people pulled him out of the pool,” said Lt. Reginald Hosey, OCSO.
Lt. Hosey said an off duty nurse from Cincinnati was also there, and after family and friends pulled the 10 year old boy from the pool, she conducted CPR.
“And subsequently brought him back to consciousness,” said Lt. Hosey.
Paramedics transported the child to Florida Hospital Celebration Health.
“I don’t know what the actual prognosis is, but right now the information I’m getting is that he’s still recovering and they’re just going to keep him overnight for observation,” said Lt. Hosey.
Deputies said the child was visiting the resort with family from Miami.
“From what I’m understanding, he wasn’t a very strong swimmer,” said Lt. Hosey.
Susan Ennis, a spokesperson for Orange Lake Resorts, sent FOX35 this statement: “A young guest of Orange Lake Resorts was transported to the hospital following an incident at one of the resort’s swimming pools. Thanks to the quick response of other hotel guests and the resort’s security team, the child was responsive and talking. Paramedics with the Orange County Fire Department responded to the scene and advised taking the guest to the hospital for observation. Further inquiries should be directed to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Orange Lake Resorts holds the safety and well-being of all guests as our top priority.”
“Quite often we do need citizens to step up and help us out,” said Lt. Hosey. “I believe if it wasn’t for her lifesaving techniques and her expertise and being a medical professional, if it wasn’t for that, I don’t know where we’d be right now.”