Kinsmen Water Park staff save 9 year-old from drowning

The Kinsmen Water Park Pool. Photo courtesy City of Prince Albert.

Lifeguards at the Kinsmen Water Park are being lauded for their quick actions that saved the life of a nine-year-old child who had lost consciousness in the main pool.

The incident occurred at about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. Lifeguards responded to the unconscious child, and successfully administered CPR> The child was alert when paramedics arrived, and the child was transported to the hospital with an adult family member, where they were treated for the non-fatal drowning.

“Parkland Ambulance paramedics send out congratulations to the City of Prince Albert aquatics staff who responded to this event,” Parkland Ambulance wrote in a media release.

“If it wasn’t for their quick response, this event would not have been such a success. Paramedics cared for the child after the water rescue and the child was taken to Victoria Hospital … in good and stable condition.

“First responders like the aquatics staff can be an important piece of the chain of survival. This event illustrates their positive and life-saving role. Congratulations to the City of Prince Albert Aquatics team, job well done.”

The water park was closed Thursday to investigate and debrief with staff. The park will reopen today.

“Safety is extremely important at the Kinsmen Water Park as lifeguards strive to provide safe opportunities during public swimming, lane swimming, and swimming lessons,” the city said in a media release.

“The City of Prince Albert would also like to take this opportunity to remind the public of the Kinsmen Water Park’s adult supervision policy which states: All children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult (over the age of 18) in the water, within arms’ reach, at all times. Children ages 8-10 must be accompanied by an adult (over the ages of 18) in the Kinsmen Water Park.”

Earlier this season the water park held an event where swimmers and local celebrities were challenged to meet the minimum survival standards for water safety: the ability to roll into a pool, tread water for 60 seconds and swim 50 metres.