Family of 5-year-old issues statement

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Accident > Boy reportedly was playing Marco Polo with his friends

By John Severance

 The family of a 5-year-old boy, who nearly drowned in the Barranca Mesa pool Wednesday, released a statement Friday afternoon.

The family of Joshua Sanchez thanked everyone for all their thoughts and prayers.

“A special thank you goes out to the rescue staff at Barranca Mesa pool, the Los Alamos Fire and Police Departments, the Santa Fe Police Department, the emergency room staff at Los Alamos Medical Center, the Life Flight crew and paramedics, and everyone at the UNM Pediatric ICU,” the statement read. “The family asks that everyone continue sending prayers and continue to respect the family's privacy. Please understand that our focus as a family of faith is Joshua's recovery.”

The Santa Fe Police Department, meanwhile, has set up a child-in-need fund at Los Alamos National Bank. The account number is 0163586701  and routing number is 107001012.

The pool, meanwhile, reopened Friday.

The boy was airlifted to UNM Children’s Hospital in Albuquerque Wednesday morning.

Pool association president Martin Pieck issued a statement saying that the pool will reopen Friday, after spending the past two days providing counseling 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.  

KOAT, an Albuquerque television station, reported the boy is the son of a Santa Fe Police officer.

 The television station also reported the boy went from playing Marco Polo with his friends to nearly drowning. He became unresponsive underwater, and lifeguards don’t know what happened. The station reported he was in guarded condition.