Johnson City middle school student removed from Highland Park pool

A Johnson City middle school student is hospitalized after drowning in a Union City swimming pool.

New York State Police in Endwell responded to a drowning report in Highland Park at 12:05 p.m. Friday, June 17 and found a 12-year-old boy had been pulled, not breathing and without a pulse from the swimming pool by lifeguards.

Bob Joseph/WNBF News (file)

Bob Joseph/WNBF News (file)

According to a state police news release, rescuers were performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation, in which soldiers stepped in to assist with CPR using a bag valve mask (BVM) to help provide ventilation.

Endwell Fire Department rescuers used an automatic external defibrillator (AED) and paramedics and Union Volunteer Emergency Team members used a ‘Lucas device’ which provided compressions automatic thoracics to establish breathing and a pulse.

State police say a pulse and breathing were established when the child was taken to Wilson Memorial Regional Medical Center in Johnson City. The boy was transferred to Upstate University Hospital where, according to the latest information, he was in critical condition.

The boy is said to have been part of a school outing to Endwell’s swimming pool as part of an event to celebrate the end of the school year.

There were no details available about the drowning discovery or how long the boy might have been in distress in the pool before he was discovered and pulled from the water by lifeguards.

The remaining students on the field trip were sent back to middle school, and the Johnson City School District notified parents of the incident that afternoon.

There are no classes today due to the federal holiday on June 16.

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