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Pleasanton middle school student almost drowns during school field trip

Original post made by mk, Birdland, on Jun 10, 2009

Thought the Weekly would have posted this news article by now.

A Pleasanton middle school student had to be resuscitated by lifeguards after an incident this afternoon during a school field trip to the Dolores Bengston Aquatic Center, according to a message the school e-mailed to parents.

The Harvest Park Middle School student, part of the sixth- and seventh-grade end-of-the-year field trip, apparently jumped into the pool, ingested some water and began to convulse, according to an e-mail sent by Principal Jim Hansen. Lifeguards pulled the boy from the pool, started CPR and called paramedics.

He began breathing and was taken to Valley Care Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

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Posted by Very Concerned
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 10, 2009 at 5:55 pm

Thank God that boy is OK!


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Posted by Lorene
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 10, 2009 at 6:19 pm

Excellent work by the people who saw the child in trouble and intervened. I have read of many sad stories in the newspapers over the years about children who were not noticed struggling and drowned.
I was once talking to a mom, we were both standing in the shallow end of a pool, on the underwater stairs, while her two year old played in between us. I happened to look down and her son was completely underwater, turning in a slow somersault. He almost drowned right at our feet while we were blabbing away.


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Posted by TI
a resident of another community
on Jun 10, 2009 at 6:32 pm

My son was there today when it happened. He said that everyone did their job really quickly. The lifeguards worked on him right away, while the other pool employees made sure that everyone else got out of the pool and out of the way. He said the ambulance was there within minutes. There was no sense of panic. A big thank you to the Aquatic Center Staff!!!


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Posted by Way to go!
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 10, 2009 at 6:55 pm

Thank you to all the HEROES in our town!! With that many kids, it is REMARKABLE that the staff saw him.

What a God-wink!

So happy for the family.

Congratulations to all involved!!


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Posted by PToWN94566
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 10, 2009 at 6:59 pm

PToWN94566 is a registered user.

I was right next door at the community building and it all did happen very quickly. I didn't notice the ambulance or firetruck until someone else pointed them out, which then we all went outside and stood in the parking lot- all the kids were out.


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Posted by Concerned Mom
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 10, 2009 at 8:28 pm

Does anyone know who the boy was??

I'm just curious as I would like to send him a get well basket.

I would also love to give a great big thanks to the lifegaurds at DBAC who saved him!
GREAT JOB!!!


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Posted by Matt
a resident of Stoneridge
on Jun 10, 2009 at 9:18 pm

Great Job to the aquatic center!!


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Posted by too many kids
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 10, 2009 at 9:21 pm

And there's another huge party there tomorrow with several school's 5th grade classes. It's way too many kids at one time! Isn't there a limit to the number of kids that can be there? Or rather, shouldn't there be a limit?

Thank goodness that kid is ok.


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Posted by Me Too
a resident of Canyon Creek
on Jun 10, 2009 at 9:42 pm

I'm impressed! Seeing that headlines I expected more of the "stop kids from going to the pool" posts. (kind of like the post by too many kids). Its great to know that the young people that are lifeguarding truly are. I've been to many pools where there is serious question as to whether they "lifeguards" were even awake.

too many kids - how can you say there were too many kids? This child got into trouble and was saved just as the system was designed to do (thankfully). If there were too many kids this child would be dead. If this child was the only person at the pool would the situation have been any different? And yes, there are limits on pool capacity (not sure what they are, but they are posted at the pool - at least they were a few years ago).


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Posted by iwastheretoo
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 10, 2009 at 10:03 pm

What was equally impressive was how all the kids clapped when he got up and onto the stretcher as well as when the paramedics wheeled him out. Seems like the children are understanding some of the community of character values.


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Posted by unclehomerr..
a resident of Downtown
on Jun 10, 2009 at 10:50 pm


The manager of the Aquatic Center is the city's CPR instructor. All city employees in regular public contact, are trained in first aid, CPR, and AED [automatic electronic defibrilator].

They even rehearse who aids the victim; who calls 911 and brings the AED, and who goes to the front door to direct the first responders to the incident.

No department is better trained; practiced, or ready for this kind of situation... with the possible exception of the Fire Department.. than the aquatic center.

Send the staff a basket! The kid will be well taken care of by loved ones!

unclehomerr..


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Posted by too many kids
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 10, 2009 at 10:54 pm

Me too...were you there to see how many kids were there? I didn't think so. I didn't say stop kids from going to the pool, but be reasonable. I hear five 5th grade classes are going tomorrow....that's a lot of kids, period.


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Posted by PToWN94566
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 11, 2009 at 12:09 am

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Too Man Kids- I was there, right next door in a different building but did see the whole thing pan out. All the kids got up on the grass area and watched patiently- it didn't look any different than if it was middle August on a 100 degree day. Obviously there is a limit as to the number- if there wasn't I'm sure all of the schools would want to go at the same time.

If only 5 fifth grade classes are going tomorrow, I would say that's about 125 to maybe 150 students; for a swim center that size, that's not a lot. All of this worrying by people is going to attract something negative to happen.


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Posted by Elizabeth
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 11, 2009 at 8:22 am

Does anyone know the first name of the child?


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Posted by Mom
a resident of Harvest Park Middle School
on Jun 11, 2009 at 8:40 am

The kid is probably already embarrassed by the attention, give him privacy.


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Posted by TI
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 11, 2009 at 9:01 am

I have to agree with "Mom".
As it is, the kid will have to go back to school and deal with all the attention there.


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Posted by Me Too
a resident of Canyon Creek
on Jun 11, 2009 at 10:34 am

Too many kids - I'm just still confused why you say there were too many kids there. (no, I wasn't there, so please tell me how many children were at the pool) The aquatic center staff has to approve entrance and they know their legal capacity and understand the consequences.

If you feel like the capacity should be lowered, that's your right, but please provide some sort of basis (i.e. number of deaths or injuries when crowds are over X size) other than, gee there were kids everywhere.

Additionaly, if you feel that the aquatic center was over the legal capacity (or felt there was a present danger) and you were there, you may have wanted to address that with the staff at the time.


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Posted by Ann
a resident of Verona
on Jun 11, 2009 at 11:05 am

PTOWN94566:

how do you come up with 125-150 students....more like 100-125 5th graders per school - times, what - 9 schools?--so, if every school participates - it's approx 1,000 kids


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Posted by PToWN94566
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 11, 2009 at 2:52 pm

PToWN94566 is a registered user.

Ann, it's called a rough estimate. You're numbers aren't that any lower as well. Also, thinking logically, one may note that not all schools, of all possible grade levels, go to the aquatic on the very same day. If you pay attention to what I said, "there would be 5 fifth grade classes," not 5 different fifth grade classes from different elementary schools. 150 divided by 5 is 30 students per class.

I agree with Me too- "The aquatic center staff has to approve entrance and they know their legal capacity and understand the consequences."
This place has been around for some time; I think they know what they are doing.


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Posted by Bobby
a resident of Del Prado
on Jun 11, 2009 at 2:55 pm

Glad the boy is ok but why weren't they at school?


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Posted by ex pool manager
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 11, 2009 at 3:31 pm

The school tells the aquatic center how many kids will be coming. Remember they have to have permission slips turned in. So the aquatic center manager knows how much staff to have for the day. There are rules as to how many guards to how many kids. Lifeguards are trained for this kind of thing. They also due drills that an unknown to the staff person acts as if they are in distress to test all guards. job well done by the aquatic center staff.


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Posted by Former city ee
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 11, 2009 at 4:38 pm

unclehomerr....the manager at the pool is not the city's CPR instructor. They kicked her out of there a year or so ago.


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Posted by unclehomerr..
a resident of Downtown
on Jun 11, 2009 at 5:35 pm


ex..

I did not know that... she taught me in March.

unclehomerr..


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Posted by Wow
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 11, 2009 at 5:46 pm

Apparently, the Aquatic Center had enough staff to do their job yesterday, thank God, and that is the point.

Can't we leave it at that? The boy SURVIVED thanks to the heroics of the staff and rescue staff.

The number of kids had nothing to do with what happened yesterday.

If that child had been there alone, or with his family, apparently the same thing would've happened to HIM. The issue was the child's inability to clear the water from his airway. He would've needed assistance yesterday whether he was there alone or with a party of the maximum occupancy.

Can anyone make a positive statement without someone else chiming in and unnecessisarily scrutinizing people that actually did SAVE A CHILD?

Tough crowd here...just imagine if the outcome of the event was tragic? Be thankful while you can and try criticizing less.


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Posted by HPMS Parent
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 12, 2009 at 12:11 am

My daughter was near the kid when this happened & told me (before I received Mr. Hansen's email) that he was pushed in by another kid. He did not jump in. She said the lifeguards & HPMS staff acted quickly to make sure he was safe & paramedics were on scene quickly. Scary! She said the kid was foaming at the mouth and appeared to have a seizure.




I hope he is doing well & I hope that the child responsible for pushing him into the pool receives a severe punishment.




I pray I never receive that scary phone call of my child nearly drowning while on a school field trip.


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Posted by ptown
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 15, 2009 at 6:05 pm

She is the Lifeguard training teacher and the aquatic center was not anywhere near maximum capacity. she saw him right away and the rescue could not have gone any better.


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Posted by town
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 15, 2009 at 6:07 pm

also, no one pushed him into the pool, he was just swimming with friends and swallowed water. and SHE DID NOT RESUSCITATE HIM, he recovered natually once they took him out of the pool


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