Details scarce in pool incident

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Pool to reopen Friday

By Tris DeRoma

Details are scarce concerning the five-year-old boy, who was lifeflighted to the UNM Children’s hospital in Albuquerque Wednesday morning after an apparent drowning incident at Barranca Mesa Pool.
Los Alamos police still is conducting its investigation and there is no word on the boy’s condition.
The Los Alamos Fire Department made a medical report, which is not a public record, according to county spokesman Julie Habiger. Habiger added the police department is still talking to witnesses and will release a report when it is ready.
Pool association president Martin Pieck issued a statement Wednesday afternoon.
“At this point, our foremost concern is the wellbeing of the child. Our thoughts and prayers are with the child and go out to his family.
“The Barranca Pool staff and board members are fully cooperating with the 
Los Alamos Police Department in order to reconstruct the sequence of events. Due to the ongoing investigation and to protect the privacy of the
victim’s family, we are unable to provide any additional information.”


However, Thursday evening, Pieck issued a statement saying that the pool will reopen Friday, after spending the past two days providing couseling to the staff and lifeguards who were on duty at the time of the accident.

"The Barranca Mesa Pool board has provided professional help to the pool staff to deal with the recent occurrence and will do so for the foreseeable future as needed," Pieck said in his statement. "As we all reflect on the events and try to move forward in a safe and responsible manner, the pool staff feels able to resume operations by Friday, June 6 at 6 a.m."

Though the condition of the boy remains guarded, Pieck gave credit to his staff for their quick action and lifesaving efforts during the incident.


"The Barranca Mesa Pool board would like to thank the pool staff for the quick and qualified response which made all the difference," he said.


"We also would like to thank the community for the support we have received, especially East Park Pool for giving our members access to their pool during these difficult times."

Barranca Mesa Pool can't provide the name of the child and any medical information on the child's condition will have to come from his parents.  

According to a release from the county Wednesday afternoon, the child was pulled from the pool non-responsive and lifeguards began immediate rescue efforts while police and fire ambulance crews were being dispatched to the scene.
Upon arrival, LAFD teams took over rescuscitation efforts and transported the child to Los Alamos Medical Center for treatment. Life Flight was then dispatched and arrived at LAMC at approximately noon.
The parents were with the child at the hospital in Albuquerque.