Minot boy home after near drowning; Roosevelt pool closed temporarily
A six-year-old Minot boy is reportedly in stable condition and returned home after nearly drowning while swimming at the Roosevelt Park Pool on Wednesday afternoon.
Minot Police Captain Dale Plessas said police responded to a report that a boy was found unresponsive in the pool at about 3:30 p.m., with officers arriving to find the boy being administered CPR by pool staff and a nurse practitioner on the scene. The Minot Fire Department shortly arrived and took over performing CPR before the boy was transported to Trinity Hospital. The boy was eventually airlifted to Sanford Medical in Fargo later that evening.
According to an update posted by the boy’s mother on Facebook Thursday morning, he is up watching cartoons, able to talk with his family and even playing video games. His mother reports that his throat hurts and that his chest is sore from the CPR, but that a CT scan showed no brain injury. Though he was kept in Fargo for further monitoring on Thursday, she told The Minot Daily News that all further testing came back clear and that he would be discharged that afternoon.
“The amount of support we have received during this incident has been so profound and we are feeling so much love,” she said. “A big thank you to the staff at the pool, bystanders, paramedics and everyone who worked together quickly and efficiently to save my little boy’s life. Today could be very different. If it weren’t for all of them this sweet little boy wouldn’t be laying here smiling at me right now. He’s one tough little dude.”
Minot Parks announced in a Facebook post on Thursday morning that the pool would remain closed for the rest of the day. A sign was also posted at the pool entrance. Minot Parks Executive Director Elly DesLauriers said that the department and staff will make the decision to reopen sometime today.
“Safety of our patrons is of our utmost priority. Our thoughts are with the patron and their family along with all involved,” DesLauriers said Thursday. “We will assess where we’re at tomorrow and release a message on the Minot Parks Facebook page and let everyone know where we’re at.”