Teenager Nearly Drowns in Public Pool

F

or the second time this summer, a teenager puts himself in serious danger by sneaking into a public pool after hours.

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t happened
W
ednesday night when a group of teenagers snuck into the
L
incoln pool on
L
inn street in the
W
est
E
nd.

O

ne of the them, 18 year-old
R
a
S
hawn
W
illiams, jumped in from a high dive and never came back up.
T
hat's when friends jumped in after him.

"

I
pulled him back up and my boy snake grabbed him out of the pool, gave him that chest stuff," says 15 year-old
D
on
S
mith.

T

he 9-1-1 dispatcher taught
CPR
over the phone to the friend until the ambulance arrived.
W
illiams was then rushed to
U
niversity
H
ospital.

T

his is the second time this season teenagers flirted with death by sneaking into public pools.
O
n
F
riday night
J
une
4th
, a seventeen year-old was found at the bottom of the
W
inton
H
ills
C
ommunity pool.
H
e was also rushed to the hospital, but it was too late.

T

he
C
incinnati
R
ecreation
C
ommission is asking people who live around
,
or drive by pools
,
to keep an eye out.
I
t's all part of their "
N
eighborhood
P
ool
W
atch
P
rogram."
I
f you see anyone at a pool at night, call 9-1-1.

However, J

incey
Y
emaya with
CRC
says the most important thing you can do is
to
get your kids to learn how to swim.
M
ost courses only cost 10 dollars,
"
T
he
A
merican
R
ed
C
ross partners with the
R
ecreation
C
ommission and we teach thousands of children to swim every summer and the more children that learn to swim is a lifetime safety skill."

Y

ou can contact your pool or the
CRC
to sign up for the "
L
earn to
S
wim
P
rogram".
T
he
CRC
's number is 357-pool (7665)
.

T

he
R
ed
C
ross can also teach you
CPR
.
T
heir number is 792-4000.

I

f you see any pool fences damaged, call the
CRC
nighttime fence crew at 591-6000.