Boy pulled from Midland pool now in stable condition

Published: Jun. 8, 2017 at 5:27 PM CDT
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Friday 1:30 p.m. Update:

According to City of Midland spokesperson Sara Bustilloz, the child is now in stable condition.



According to Lubbock's Covenant Children's Hospital, the 8 year-old boy who was pulled from the Washington Aquatic Center Pool unconscious is confirmed to be in critical condition.


According to City of Midland spokesperson Sara Bustilloz, an eight-year-old boy was taken to the hospital breathing after being pulled from the Washington Aquatic Center pool unconscious Thursday afternoon.

Bustilloz said the pool manager and lifeguards immediately started performing CPR after the boy was pulled out.

"That's what our staff is trained to do. I think when you look at it, when you tell people about being a lifeguard and you remind them that it's just a summer job, when you have something like this it reminds you of how important it is to do this job," said Andy Cedillo, Assistant Parks and Recreation Manager said.

Since we first aired our story, people who say they were at the pool have questioned whether protocol was followed in the moments just after the boy went unconscious.

Bustilloz said as is the case in any such incident, an investigation will review whether protocol was followed.

"The City of Midland will review everything that happened to make sure that proper protocol was followed," Bustilloz said. "What caused the boy to become unconscious in the water is being investigated. We will be interviewing witnesses. Midland Police are investigating what happened."

The boy was transported to a Lubbock hospital for treatment.

According to a release, the pool will be closed for the remainder of the day as the City of Midland works to provide support to employees who were working at the time.