Three children hospitalized after near drowning incident at apartment complex pool

Posted at 8:08 PM, Aug 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-06 00:39:39-04

COLORADO SPRINGS – Three children were transported to UCHealth Memorial Central after a near drowning incident at an apartment complex pool Sunday.

Emergency dispatch received calls from neighbors asking for help after finding three children under water in the 3100 block of E Fountain Blvd just before 5:30 p.m. This was at the Townhouse Apartments off Fountain and Shasta Drive.

Police said when firefighters and officers arrived, the three children were alive and being pulled out of the pool and given CPR.

Multiple neighbors, including a 12-year-old girl, helped pull the children out of the pool and call 911. “One of the kids jumped in the pool and started grabbing the kids out and handed them to me and I had to lay them out and then I stepped to the side and called 911,” said neighbor Zahkaia Poole.

One child remains in critical conditions and two are in serious condition, all children were under 6 years old.

“This is a very difficult scene here,” said Colorado Springs Police Public Information Officer, Lt. Howard Black. It is unknown what led up to the incident or how many families are involved.

Police said detectives have remained on scene Sunday night working to piece together exactly what happened. “What’s most important right now, obviously, is making sure that these kiddos are receiving the best treatment possible and that they can survive this tragedy,” said Lt. Black.

There are no further details being released at this time.