At last check, an 8-year-old girl is in critical condition after nearly drowning in a Southside community pool.
Because of federal health laws and the fact that she is a minor, we are unable to obtain that information but as soon as we get an update on how she's doing we will pass it along.
Jacksonville Police were first called to the Johns Creek community pool on Ellis Island Drive at 2:42 PM to a report of a possible drowning. Witnesses told police the girl was seen on the bottom of the pool and had to be pulled out by several good Samaritans who then gave her CPR until rescue personnel arrived.
When we last received word, she was in critical condition at Wolfson’s Childrens Hospital.
Those who live in the neighborhood, just around the corner from Chets Creek Elementary, say the pool is normally busy with all the children who live in the area.
“There’s always kids out in the neighborhood playing, there’s kids all over the place, especially during the summer and obviously when it’s warm out, the pool is filled,” says one resident who preferred not to be named.
She works with children and tells me it’s scary to hear something like this happened.
Even more frightening for Tyler Person, who’s 2- and 4-year-old frequent the pool.
“It’s something that’s very hard to swallow,” he says.
Police aren’t releasing at this time whether the girl was with her family or under someone’s direct supervision. Person says when his children are at the pool, he always has a close eye watching.
“Whether it’s in your own backyard or a community pool, you want to make sure your kids are safe.”
Neighbors say there are always plenty of adults at the pool around children, and roughly a dozen people- both kids and adults- were seen off to the side of the pool being questioned by police.