Lifeguards save girl at swimming pool

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A SHEFFIELD girl who almost drowned in a city swimming pool was saved by lifeguards.

Charleigh O’Connell, aged 10, of Eastern Crescent, Arbourthorne, was with a friend in the wave pool at Hillsborough Leisure Centre when she got into difficulty.

Unable to swim, she fell unconscious without anyone realising.

Lifeguards spotted her body once the waves had stopped and dived into the pool, resuscitating her before she was taken to hospital.

Charleigh’s mum, Jaki Taggart, aged 37, said: “The lifeguards saved her life – we could have lost her – and I am really grateful to them but I want answers from the management of the pool.

“I am concerned at the length of time she was under the water before the lifeguards realised. The hospital said they think she would have been under for a couple of minutes because she was grey and had blue lips.

“I just want to make sure that this can’t happen again.”

A spokeswoman for Hillsborough Leisure centre said: “As per our standard poolside rescue procedures, quick-thinking staff pulled her from the water and administered CPR.

“The girl regained consciousness and was taken to hospital in an ambulance as a precaution.

“We have contacted the girl’s family and thankfully she is fit and well and back home after spending one night in hospital.

“The safety of our customers is paramount and in the latest QLM Leisuresafe certification scheme, Hillsborough received one of the top four safety ratings in the country.”