UPDATE: Pool at maximum capacity when lifeguard saved child at Davies Pool

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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - UPDATE

A fun day in the sun almost turned deadly for a 5-year-old boy swimming at a Fargo pool Thursday afternoon.

Staff at the Davies Recreational Pool spotted the boy in the water and pulled him to safety. A lifeguard on duty performed chest compressions and called for assistance.

F-M Ambulance rushed to the pool and later brought the boy to the hospital. They say he was conscious and breathing at that time.

The Fargo Park District’s director of recreation says things like this don't happen often, but they want lifeguards to be ready at all times.

"Their emergency action plan for pull-outs they just rehearsed it yesterday and then they are going to have a debriefing at 5pm with their manager, so I am very proud of our staff,” explained Clay Whittlesey with the Fargo Park District. “I can't emphasize how important it is in these situations to really have a good understanding of what you're doing and how important that is when you're on the lifeguard stand."

Whittlesey says the pool was at max capacity with 11 lifeguards on duty at the time of the incident.


Emergency responders rushed to Davies High School after an unconscious child was reportedly pulled from the pool. The emergency call was made around 1:45 p.m. Thursday.

Dispatchers tell Valley News Live the 911 call was about someone pulling a five-year-old boy from the water.

Emergency responders on scene say the boy was able to be revived. They add, the child is now conscious and talking.

Valley News Live has a crew on scene and will update this story as information becomes available.