Monday, May 21, 2018
Public safety

Palm Harbor 4-year-old nearly drowns, is airlifted to All Children's

PALM HARBOR — A 4-year-old boy who was found at the bottom of an apartment complex's swimming pool Wednesday afternoon was resuscitated by sheriff's deputies and airlifted to a hospital, authorities said.

The near-drowning occurred about 4:30 p.m. At the time, about 30 adults and children were at the pool at the Cypress Falls at Palm Harbor Apartments, located off Belcher Road, according to Palm Harbor Fire Rescue.

The boy's aunt was in the pool watching two or three children and had them sitting on the pool's edge with their feet in the water. She said she turned her head for a moment, and when she looked back the boy was at the bottom of the pool, said Fire Rescue spokeswoman Liz Monforti.

The boy, identified late Wednesday as Cayden Gagnon, was unresponsive when his aunt pulled him from the water, officials said. Bystanders tried CPR with no luck.

Pinellas sheriff's deputies Regina Tsanakaliotis and James Piper, who were in the area for another matter, rushed to the scene and started CPR, officials said. The boy was revived a short time later.

He was conscious by the time a helicopter landed in a nearby Muvico Theater parking lot to fly him to All Children's Hospital for treatment. He was listed in stable condition Wednesday night.

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