Tears, panic at scene of pool accident

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LAPD > Recently released report details what happened

By Tris DeRoma

A recently-released police report on what exactly happened the day an Española boy nearly drowned at Barranca Mesa Pool June 4 revealed quick action, as well as sheer panic.
Police describe arriving at the pool, located next to Barranca Mesa Elementary, and seeing paramedics trying to resuscitate the boy, who was lying on the patio between a slide and a basketball hoop. The boy was later identified as 5-year-old Joshua Sanchez.
According to the lifeguard on duty, who police described as “very emotional… shaking and a broken voice,” the incident happened soon after Sanchez and the group he was with entered the pool. At the time, according to the police report which was released Friday, there were 20 people in the pool, which included two adults. The accident happened in the three-foot area of the pool, where Sanchez was playing with a group of eight to 10 other children.
According to the report, the lifeguard was doing a visual, safety scan when he noticed something was wrong at approximately the same time one of the adult chaperones of the group did.

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