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Posted at 4:00 PM ET, 07/28/2010

Near drowning at D.C. pool

By Washington Post editors

A 16-year-old male nearly drowned Wednesday afternoon in a pool at the Anacostia Recreation Center in Southeast, D.C. Fire and EMS said.

The young man was breathing when emergency officials arrived at the pool located at 1800 Anacostia Drive SE. Paramedics are evaluating his condition, said Pete Piringer, a department spokesman.

--Rick Rojas

By Washington Post editors  | July 28, 2010; 4:00 PM ET
Categories:  DC  
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Aquaman his self would probably drown in a DC pool.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | July 28, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Detecting drowning is very difficult even with well-trained lifeguards and diligent parents watching the water. It occurs much too quickly and silently. About 90% of events with children happen with supervision present (CDC). According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, drowning is a leading cause of death of people ages 1-19. For every one drowning death, 7-10 people suffer permanent neurological damage (CDC).

A 2006 drowning at our town's park (despite 5 lifeguards and 6 camp counselors) inspired three dads to form a company and make a difference. We developed the Wahooo Swim Monitor System (WahoooSMS.com), which we just launched. It's a reliable, practical and affordable technological solution to dramatically reduce the risk of preventable drowning. All swimmers are monitored and if any are in danger of drowning, the system immediately alerts lifeguards to the event so that they can intervene. Otherwise, the event may be missed by lifeguards, often resulting in incidents like this one although luckily, this swimmer's life was hopefully saved.

Posted by: dmcwahooo | July 28, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

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