Boy, 7, nearly drowns in pool

Boy, 7, nearly drowns in pool

There are 17 comments on the Pasadena Star-News story from Jul 2, 2008, titled Boy, 7, nearly drowns in pool. In it, Pasadena Star-News reports that:

A 7-year-old boy remained at a local hospital Wednesday, a day after being pulled unconscious from the swimming pool at John Muir High School, authorities said.

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Camp Parent

Montebello, CA

#1 Jul 3, 2008
Wow, sounds like QUICK action was taken by the lifeguard and officials. I am glad they are so well trained and prepared for such emergencies. My prayers go out to the family and camp at this time.
another camp parent

Pasadena, CA

#2 Jul 3, 2008
Wow, sounds like they weren't paying attention and let the kid drown.

I feel for the parents and the child.

The camp needs to take a long hard look at those responsible for this terrible tragedy.
camp parent

United States

#3 Jul 6, 2008
Tom Sawyer Camp is a huge part of the community. Their safety record is impeccable. This is a terrible tragedy, but the lifeguards and staff acted with such amazing ability. The staff goes through hours of training and they acted that way because of all the time spent before camp started.
I am proud to have been part of the camp and I would continue to send my children there. The family is going through something terrible and we will think of them through this hard time.
camp parent number four

Montebello, CA

#4 Jul 7, 2008
I agree with the above poster. From my understanding, this kid is still alive due to the amazing job the lifeguards did and he is recovering well. Anything can happen in the blink of an eye. It is how trained people/staff respond that can make a difference. I keep the boy and family in my thoughts and prayers daily.
parent

Sherman Oaks, CA

#5 Jul 10, 2008
Its true, obviously the staff (lifeguards etc) did well to RESCUE the child, but let's not forget the facts - the child was UNCONSCIOUS when they found him in the pool. That doesn't happen in seconds. A child (or adult) usually struggles, then sinks and THEN goes unconscious. To not see any of the first signs but only get the to the kid when he was already unconscious is an unquestionable breach of their duty of care, to keep the children safe. Under no circumstances should a child in a pool at a camp with counselors AND lifeguards suffer an injury to the point where he is found unconscious. There is no excuse. Yes, thank God they had the ability to rescue him. But where were they earlier? A truly amazing job would have been to get to the kid sooner. The lifeguards and counselor who were on duty should be relieved of their positions and undergo rigorous re-training before being entrusted with children's lives again.
another camp parent

Burbank, CA

#6 Jul 20, 2008
The child did sink to the bottom in a blink of an eye without struggling first. He might of had a seizure or something. There was nothing that could be done except pull him out quickly which is what was done. Sometimes these things happen.
Camp staff member

Riverside, CA

#7 Jul 20, 2008
In the history of Tom Sawyer Camps, an accident like this has never happened. I have been at TSC as a camper and counselor, and when I have children, I will send them, as well. I love this camp and everyone that works there.

By the way, he is home and doing well. Last I heard, there was no brain damage.

If anyone continues to have concerns or questions, the camp office has been very open and forthcoming with information.
parent

Sherman Oaks, CA

#8 Jul 22, 2008
"sometimes these things happen" has got to be the most idiotic, flip response i could ever imagine heasring. are you kidding? the kid had drowned. was not breathing. things like this should never happen. wake up.
a parent

North Hollywood, CA

#9 Jun 19, 2010
I cannot believe there are parents posting in defense of the camp. A CHILD DROWNED, HE WAS UNCONSCIOUS ON THE BOTTOM OF THE POOL.... Give me a break! Things don't just happen. Things happen when there is gross neglect. How would you feel if this was your child? Would you be defending the camp and applauding the lifeguards? Unbelievable. Of course the boy is not fine.... His brain was cut off from oxygen. THere is no "Full Recovery" from something like this. THe fact that a "camp staff member" posted stating that there was "no brain damage" just goes to prove that this camp is not a place that I would EVER send my child. There is no remorse - just a defense. Just put yourself in the parents shoes before you post ridiculous statements. This camp should be shut down and I hope the parents are sueing the pants off this place!
competing camp staff

Manhattan Beach, CA

#10 Jun 26, 2010
As much as an ill opinion of Tom Sawyer might benefit the camp I work for, it would be wrong to let misinformed rumors stand.

We followed the story close, and eventually the family came out with words of praise for Tom Sawyer and the way they handled the situation– both in the heat of the moment and after.

Proper procedures were followed, and their staff executed their training perfectly. It would be wrong to let people believe that Tom Sawyer gives anything but the utmost attendance to safety. Just remember this is one incident after many decades of keeping a thousand campers safe every summer.
jennie

Honolulu, HI

#11 Jul 10, 2012
another camp parent wrote:
Wow, sounds like they weren't paying attention and let the kid drown.
I feel for the parents and the child.
The camp needs to take a long hard look at those responsible for this terrible tragedy.
Didn't happen. The kid's parents hadn't reported that he was an epileptic, and the kid CAME BACK TO CAMP the next day. Had the lifeguards NOT been paying attention, he would have died.
jennie

Honolulu, HI

#12 Jul 10, 2012
The reality was that the child had a seizure-and the kid was rescued. Had the camp been told about the child's medical problem in advance, they probably would have insisted on medication or other measures. The child returned to camp the next day.
jennie

Honolulu, HI

#13 Jul 10, 2012
You're an idiot.Why not get the facts before you criticize?

My child goes to camp there too-and has for 8 years. The child in question RETURNED TO CAMP the next day after his BRIEF HOSPITALIZATION FOR A SEIZURE DISORDER THAT HAD HERETOFORE BEEN UNDIAGNOSED.

The fact is, the kid would have died if not rescued immediately by lifeguards.

There is a medical form you must fill out before camp as well.

Idiot.
jennie

Honolulu, HI

#14 Jul 10, 2012
My child has attended, along with many others, Tom Sawyer Camp for eight + years. Tom Sawyer is a great place-could not recommend it highly enough. If they weren't a great camp, do you really think schools like Polytechnic in Pasadena would contract with them year after year to provide their after school care? Or the state of California would allow them to use their state park for their activities?
Tom Sawyer lifeguards took quick action to save the child in question's life, and the fact remains, not only did the child in question return to camp shortly after the incident, but was enrolled there again the following summer and beyond.
Camper

La Crescenta, CA

#15 Jul 23, 2012
another camp parent wrote:
Wow, sounds like they weren't paying attention and let the kid drown.
I feel for the parents and the child.
The camp needs to take a long hard look at those responsible for this terrible tragedy.
I cant put in to words how stupid you sound right now. The lifegaurds were quick enough to save the camper. Can you just be grateful for that?
I knew a kid who drowned because lifegaurds didnt save him in time. I am thankful that all the lifegaurds are so well trained.
Camper

La Crescenta, CA

#16 Jul 23, 2012
jennie wrote:
<quoted text>
Didn't happen. The kid's parents hadn't reported that he was an epileptic, and the kid CAME BACK TO CAMP the next day. Had the lifeguards NOT been paying attention, he would have died.
THANK you!
Diana

Lancaster, CA

#17 Mar 4, 2013
My son had an incident at TSC last summer, 2012, at the swimming pool. Another camper pulled him under the water and held him down by force. None of the lifeguards or instructors saw any of this. This child came up behind my son from under the water so that he could not be identified.
When my son reported this to me with much anguish, I called the camp immediately. The instructor denied anything had happened and I had to call back and leave messages twice. The director finally called me but there was a real problem with the communication as they kept saying that he imagined it.
I am still not sure what happened but it put the camp on alert that this incident went undetected.

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