Near-drowning leaves young boy, 6, fighting for his life

A boy is in a critical condition after nearly drowning at Monash Aquatic and Recreation Centre. Picture Paul Loughnan
A boy is in a critical condition after nearly drowning at Monash Aquatic and Recreation Centre. Picture Paul Loughnan

A YOUNG boy fighting for life after a near drowning at a public swimming pool in was found faced down in a children's play pool.

Emergency services were called to Victoria's Monash Aquatic and Recreation Centre on Waverley Rd about 5.30pm on Thursday after reports of an incident in the water.

When paramedics arrived they worked on the six-year-old boy before he was taken to Monash Medical Centre in Clayton.

He remains in a critical condition. No one else was injured.

Witness Belinda Lee, whose son was at a swimming lesson, said onlookers were shocked after the boy was pulled from one of the indoor pools by a lifeguard.

"I saw the lifeguard blow his whistle three times and alerted everyone to get out of the pool," Ms Lee said.

She said three lifeguards were attending to the boy while his distraught mother was being held by a friend nearby.

"Emergency services quickly arrived and I want to make it clear that lifeguards reacted quickly and did everything they could," she said.

"We need to support this family right now as it could have happened to anyone."

Monash Council chief executive Andi Diamond said the young boy who nearly drowned at the Monash Aquatic and Recreation centre last night was playing in the children's pool and not attending a class.

Dr Diamond said he was found face down in the children's play pool and a lifeguard began CPR immediately.

"Emergency services attended the Glen Waverley centre at around 5.30pm," she said.

"The boy was taken to Monash Health and later transferred to the Royal Children's Hospital. I have been in touch with his family and will continue to do so."

"Our thoughts are with them at this extremely difficult time. We are providing any support we can to them. We will provide a further statement if more information becomes available."

On the website it states: "Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult and are required to be within arm's reach."

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